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