July 12, 2013

Sarah Lawrence hires first women's soccer coach

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Unity Beddingfield has been named Sarah Lawrence women's soccer coach, as announced by athletic director Kristin Maile on Wednesday. Beddingfield will take the helm of the Gryphons program in its first season as a varsity sport.

SLC women's soccer competes in its inaugural varsity season this fall, having previously been a club team. The Gryphons will compete in the Hudson Valley Women's Athletic Conference in 2013 before transitioning to Skyline Conference play in 2014.

"Unity will make an immediate, positive impact on campus," Maile said. "We had a deep pool of candidates for the position, but Unity was a clear choice. Her experience in coaching and background in education will be assets to the women's soccer team and to our physical education classes."

Beddingfield commented, "First, I would like to thank Kristin Maile and the search committee for giving me this incredible opportunity. I am very excited to be the women's soccer head coach, and I am looking forward to this upcoming season and being competitive in our conference." She added, "My goal is to develop young women to compete on the field and succeed in the classroom."

Beddingfield has over two decades of playing experience and has coached the sport for more than 10 seasons. Most recently, she comes to SLC after spending one year as head coach for the NCAA Division II Vulcans of University of Hawai'i at Hilo.

Beddingfield also served as assistant coach at San Bernardino Valley College, where she helped the Wolverines to a 15-6-3 record in 2011. In addition, she completed a brief stint as an assistant coach at her alma mater, California State San Bernardino. There, her Coyotes went 3-0-2 during the spring season. Previously, she coached the Arroyo Valley High School team for seven years.

Beddingfield has seven years of experience in personal training and recreation. She graduated from CSUSB with bachelor's degrees in exercise science and pedagogy.

As a player, Beddingfield was a varsity soccer, basketball and track & field athlete in high school. At Cal State San Bernardino, she was a three-year player and two-year starter, leading her 2009 squad in assists. After graduating, she spent two years playing for the Claremont Stars of the Women's Premier Soccer League.

SLC women's soccer is scheduled to debut at Brooklyn on Sept. 3, before competing in its home opener on Thursday, Sept. 5, against York (N.Y.).

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