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Date: (12/29/98 )
Richard Beal, who has served for the past three years as Assistant Football Coach at Tufts University, has been named Head Football Coach at Stonehill. He is the first full-time football coach the College has ever employed. The appointment, which is effective immediately, was announced by Paula Sullivan, Stonehill's Director of Athletics.
A native of Winchester and a current resident of Hingham, Beal takes over for Connie Driscoll, who resigned last month for personal reasons after leading the Chieftains to 36 victories during his six-year tenure. Beal helped lead Tufts to a seven-win season in 1998, as he served as the Jumbos' offensive coordinator under Head Coach Bill Samko. Tufts' victory total marked only the seventh time this century that a Jumbo team had reached that mark in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Prior to his tenure at Tufts, Beal served as Assistant Football Coach for three years at his alma mater, Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. During that time, the Cardinals broke or tied 15 school offensive records and earned the highest ECAC ranking in school history. Beal also served as Assistant Football Coach at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo., for three seasons, as his offense was nationally ranked in Division 11 in rushing, total offense and scoring while setting or tying 36 school records. Beal also served as freshman football coach at Columbia University and as a graduate assistant at UMass Amherst. In addition to his football background, Beal served as the Head Men's Lacrosse Coach at both Tufts and Colorado School of Mines during his tenure at each school, and he also held the position of Associate Head Men's Lacrosse Coach at Wesleyan. Beal currently chairs the American Football Coaches Association Division III Assistant Coaches Committee and is a member of the United States Lacrosse Coaches Association. A 1985 graduate of Wesleyan, Beal was a three-year starter in both football and lacrosse, as he was a co-captain in the latter sport. Beal received the prestigious Thomas W. Eck Jr. Memorial Award from Wesleyan, which is presented for team spirit, sportsmanship and devotion to football. Beal went on to earn a master of science in sports management from UMass Amherst in 1988. "We are extremely pleased to have someone of Richard's experience and poise in this position," Sullivan says of Beal's appointment. "As this marks the first time that Stonehill has employed a full-time head football coach, we wanted someone who could come in and bring immediate credibility to our program and to the College, and I believe that Richard's stature in the football community serves that. I know he is looking forward to facing the challenges that lie ahead for us in the always-tough Eastern Football Conference."

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