|Clayton A. Bud Beardmore started his brilliant lacrosse career in 1955 at Annapolis High School. Then he attended Severn School, Severna Park, Maryland, where in 1958 he was named All-MSA. At the University of Maryland, Bud was twice honored as a First Team All-American, in 1961 and 1962, and Honorable Mention in 1960. At Maryland he became the highest scoring midfielder in their history, totaling 108 points in goals and assists, a record which was later broken by his renowned protege, Frank Urso.
Beardmore won three coveted trophies in his college career, including Navy's Seals Award given to the Middie's outstanding opponent. The other two were the University of Maryland's William P. Cole Award and the Edwin Powell Award. Bud was selected to play in the North/South game in 1962, and was further honored by being named to Maryland's All-Time Lacrosse team.
After college, he played four years of club lacrosse in '63 and '64 with the University Club, where as co-captain in 1963, he led his team to the National Club Championship; and with the Severna Park Club in '70 and'71.
In his first coaching assignment, Bud produced a 19-3 win-loss record in '64 and '65 at Severn School which was capped by the winning of the MSA title in '65- Severn's first lacrosse championship since 1929.
The collegiate coaching ranks beckoned to Beardmore in 1966. As Head Coach of Hobart College, Geneva, N.Y. in 1967, he fashioned a 9-5 season and tied for the Laurie Cox Division Championship. After moving to the University of Virginia in 1968, his Cavaliers won the ACC title in '69 with a 7-3 log.
Bud's Alma Mater, the University of Maryland, gained his services in 1970, and in 1972 the Terps won the first of seven ACC championships under his guidance. The record books at Maryland show that Beardmore won 107 games and lost 31 in his eleven years as head lacrosse coach there. His Terps were selected for post-season NCAA competition in nine of the ten years in which it has been held. Twice Maryland was NCAA Champion and four times runner-up.
Other highlights of his career include the Morris Touchstone Trophy as Division I Coach of the Year in 1973; twice being selected to coach the North-South game- '69 and '70: and being appointed as Head Coach of the USA Squad which won the World's Cup in the Four-Nation International Competition held inAustralia in 1974.
Beardmore served as an Executive Board member of the USILA and as Treasurer of the USLCA, for three and seven years respectively, and has published lacrosse articles nationally.