UH-Hilo hires Beddingfield as new women’s soccer coach

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Unity Beddingfield

University of Hawaii at Hilo Athletic Director Dexter Irvin today

announced the selection of Unity Beddingfield as the women’s soccer

coach, effective immediately.

Beddingfield takes over the UH Hilo program after a year as the

assistant coach at San Bernardino Valley College where the team

finished 15-6-3. Six months earlier she was an assistant coach of

former UH Hilo and current California State University San Bernardino

Head Coach Travis Clarke.

“She works very hard on-and-off the field, is a great leader and

mentor to younger student athletes,” said Clarke. “She is a driven

young woman and stepped up to any challenge I have seen in front of

her as a player, student, person and coach.

“She will do very well in her new role.”

The Vulcans finished the 2011 season 5-9-2 overall and seventh in the

Pacific West Conference at 3-7-2 with a roster that included two

seniors, four juniors, six sophomores and 15 freshmen.

“This is the biggest step I’ve taken and a great opportunity in a

great atmosphere,” said Beddingfield. “I’m hoping to bring a different

dynamic and atmosphere to help the program grow.

“I feel like a kid in a candy store. I have so many aspirations for

the girls that I’m really excited. And when I talk to them, they get

excited. So I’m thinking I need to do everything that I can for them.”

Beddingfield, a 2011 graduate of CSU San Bernardino, has played soccer

for over 21 years. She was a two-year starting forward for the Coyotes

before joining the Claremont Stars of the Women’s Premier Soccer

League. Beddingfield hoped to take her talents overseas before a

career-ending injury derailed her efforts.

A year after graduating from high school, she started her coaching

career by joining the Arroyo Valley High School coaching staff while

also playing collegiate soccer. By 2007, she became the head coach.

Fitness remains a crucial point in her life. With her bachelors in

Kinesiology and Exercise Science/Pedagogy, Beddingfield is a certified

personal trainer.