Long-time Middlebury College coach Bill Beaney will be inducted into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2019. The event will take place at Trader Duke's Hotel in South Burlington on Saturday, April 13. Ticket information will be available soon on www.vermontsportshall.com.
For more than three decades, Beaney was a championship ice hockey coach in the state of Vermont at both the high school and collegiate level.
Prior to coming to Vermont, the Lake Placid, New York native attended the University of New Hampshire where he played four years on the varsity hockey team and captained the 1974 squad.
He began his coaching career in 1975 at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, leading the Bobwhites to three-straight Vermont state championships. He moved to the college ranks, taking over at New England College in 1979. Beaney promptly led the Pilgrims to four-consecutive ECAC Tournaments and one NCAA berth. He was named the New England Coach of the Year in 1981-82 and 1983-84 at NEC.
After moving to Middlebury in 1985, Beaney built a national powerhouse and his teams qualified for 13-consecutive NCAA Tournaments from 1995-2007. The Panthers won eight NCAA championships, including a record five in a row (1995-1999) along with three straight in 2004-06.
His teams also captured eight NESCAC championships. His 1996 national championship squad set school records for most wins in a season at 26, highest winning percentage at .929 and longest unbeaten streak at 29 games.
He also led the Panthers to six ECAC Tournament appearances with a championship in the 1990-91 season. Beaney's 2003-04 Panthers broke the school record for wins with 27. Beaney finished his stellar career with an overall record of 602-260-59 (.696).
Beaney spent 28 of his 35 coaching seasons at the helm of the Middlebury program where he was 516-184-51 (.721).
At Middlebury, Beaney was selected as the New England Coach of the Year in 1989, 1991, 1995 and 2006. He is a four-time winner of the Edward Jerimiah Award as Division III National Coach of the Year by the American Hockey Coaches Association, and was the USCHO National Coach of the Year in 1998-99.
A coach or instructor at many levels for USA Hockey, including a coach at many Olympic Festivals, Beaney was the winner of the John McInnes Award by the ACHA for concern for amateur hockey in the U.S. in 2016.
He also has been a very successful men's golf coach at Middlebury, winning five NESCAC titles from 2010 to 2018.
-- Courtesy Vermont Sports Hall of Fame --