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Loyola Head Coach Tom Beidleman enters his ninth season at the helm of the men's golf program. During that time, Beidleman has led the Greyhounds to five MAAC Championship Titles and as many appearances in the National Tournament. Last season, the Greyhounds advanced to the Southeast Regional in Orlando, Florida after winning their fifth MAAC Championship (2003, '04, '05, '08, '09) in seven years.
Under Beidleman's guidance, the Loyola golf program has blossomed into arguably the premier program in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. In seven seasons at Loyola, Beidleman has captured 20 tournament victories and five conference titles. He has won at least one tournament in all seven seasons. Furthermore, Beidleman has assembled a 70-5 (.933) career record in MAAC Tournament play.
The 2007-08 campaign was another successful run for the Greyhounds under their widely respected coach. In addition to its conference tournament win, Loyola took home trophy honors at the Diablo Grande Invitational, and claimed two runner-up honors and seven top five appearances.
Steering the program in the appropriate direction both on the course and in the classroom, Beidleman has successfully mentored and molded a number of individuals in his time at Evergreen. Most recently, senior Michael Mulieri was named the 2007-08 MAAC Student-Athlete of the Year by the conference's sports information directors. Mulieri took home top individual honors in last April's MAAC Championship, while also finishing the academic year with a 3.35 GPA in Business/Finance.
In addition, several Loyola players have moved on to successful golf careers under the tutelage of Beidleman. Two Greyhounds who graduated in 2007, Matt Bassler and Chris Derby, qualified at the U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst in 2008, with Derby advancing to the playoff for the final spot in match play.
Two other Beidleman products, T.J. Shuart and Jason Cage, both qualified for the Mid-Amateur last year. Shuart qualified for the match play round before losing on the final hole in Round 1. He is currently a project manager for Wadsworth Golf , a nationally known golf club construction firm. Meanwhile, Bassler is project coordinator for the First Tee of Baltimore, while Derby is a member of the NGA Hooter's Golf Tour.
Hired in March of 2001, Beidleman showed impressive results from day one. Faced with the challenge of taking over a team in the spring portion of its schedule, Beidleman saw immediate improvement, producing four top-ten team finishes and three individual champions in his first semester at Evergreen. In 2001-02 Loyola won its first team title since 1998, shocking the field by capturing the Drew Upton Tiger Classic. The team also placed second in two tournaments that season, which culminated in a second-place finish at the MAAC Championships, laying the groundwork for the following season. As a result of his first-year success, Beidleman earned the honor of being named the 2002 MAAC Coach of the Year.
The following season, Beidleman led the Greyhounds to the program's seventh league title with Loyola claiming an impressive sweep atop the individual standings. The Greyhounds went 1-2-3 overall and won the MAAC Championships in record fashion. The MAAC Coach of the Year Award would again be bestowed upon Beidleman, a message to the conference and to all of Division-I that Loyola was ready to produce at the highest level.
Beidleman would have no problems maintaining the momentum he attained at the 2003 MAAC Championships, leading the `Hounds to three tournament titles in 2003-04, winning a second straight MAAC Championship and advancing to back-to-back NCAA Regionals. The Greyhounds, which began the season ranked No. 25 in the Region, moved steadily up the rankings and finished the year ranked No. 11 overall.
In 2004-05, as host of the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships, Beidleman and Loyola would showcase Greyhound golf, starting at the Ping Preview hosted by the Loyola and Caves Valley Golf Club. With the nation's top 15 teams in town, Loyola went toe-to-toe with elite NCAA competition and held its own. Shuart, then in his senior year at Loyola, had a very solid performance and the Greyhounds showed the field they were certainly a contender, even mongst the nation's bigger programs.
Winning tournaments such as the John MacDonald Invitational and Drew Upton Memorial proved the Greyhounds were prepared to defend their MAAC crown at Disney's Magnolia Course. Loyola won handily at the 2005 conference championships and returned to yet another NCAA Tournament, posting its best finish in the NCAA postseason to date.
Beidleman fielded a very young squad in 2005-06 with no seniors and only one junior on the roster. Despite the loss of one of the program's top all-time performers in Shuart, the Greyhounds wrapped up a very successful fall with a tournament championship at the Crowne Plaza Colonial in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The following season, with the entire lineup back, Coach Beidleman's Greyhounds ran off team titles at the Navy Fall Invitational, the Pala Mesa Invitational and the Fort Lauderdale Spring Classic. Loyola earned a No. 2 District Ranking as senior captain Will Shriver won the individual MAAC Title.
Coach Beidleman has also done an excellent job of putting Loyola golf on the map in a relatively short time. A member of the highly competitive golf teaching and management program at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., Beidleman worked for eight seasons as the Director of Golf Instruction at the Elkridge Club in Baltimore. Stressing the "team golf" philosophy, Coach Beidleman has been able to get the most out of his players. Using the acronym TEAM, he conveys the message of Trust, Execution, Accountability and Mental toughness to motive and challenge his players.
"Playing an individual sport in a team format is one of the biggest challenges that players have when entering college," says Beidleman. "It's not until individual players understand their impact on the whole, that the team is successful."
A fiery competitor in his own right, Coach Beidleman has instilled a never quit mindset to his teams over the years. Taking on the personality of their head coach, the Loyola golf team never thinks it's out of a tournament regardless of adversities.
Before coming to Baltimore, Coach Beidleman served as a golf professional at several clubs throughout the Northeast. In 1996 and 1997, he served as Director of Golf at The Links at Challedon in Mt. Airy, Md., and he was Head Golf Professional at Cattail Creek Country Club in Glenwood, Md. from 1992-95.
Coach Beidleman served as a teaching professional at both the Baltimore Country Club and the Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J. and as a Director of Instruction at the world-famous Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y.
Known for his insightful instruction, Coach Beidleman, a 16-year member of the PGA of America, has mentored players on the Asian, Canadian, Futures and Nationwide Tours. He has also instructed numerous state champions and leading junior players.
"We are fortunate to have someone like Tom as our head golf coach," says Loyola Director of Athletics Joe Boylan. "As a PGA professional, he has experienced all aspects of golf, but teaching and coaching have always been his passion."
Beidleman, a class "A" member of the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA), also served as the 2005 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship Tournament Director. He currently resides in Roland Park and has two daughters, Moran and Molly.