June 26, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former University of Iowa head field hockey coach Beth Beglin (1988-99) will be among those inducted into the U.S. Field Hockey Hall of Fame as the 1984 Olympic Team is inducted on Saturday. Beglin, who was inducted into the U.S. Field Hockey Hall of Fame as an individual in 1994, was a member of the 1984 Olympic Team that earned the bronze medal at the Olympic Games held in Los Angeles.
The Bronze Medal won by the 1984 Women’s Olympic Team is the only women’s medal in the history of United States in field hockey at the Olympics. After defeating Australia in a penalty shoot-out, the U.S.A. captured the bronze medal. U.S.A. Field Hockey is honoring its first team in the Hall of Fame on the 30th anniversary of its triumphant victory.
The 1984 Olympic Team members include Beth Anders, Beglin, Regina (Gina) Buggy, Gwen Cheeseman Alexander, Sheryl Johnson, Christine Larson-Mason, Kathleen McGahey, Anita Miller Huntsman, Leslie Milne, Charlene Morett, Diane Moyer, Marcella (Marcy) Place, Karen Shelton, Brenda Stauffer, Julia Staver, Judy Strong, Vonnie Gros (Coach), Marge Watson, Marge Garinger, Dr. Ben Mayne (Doctor), and Pam Chlad (Trainer).
Beglin compiled a career record of 199-57-3 during her 12 years as head coach at Iowa. Her coaching career as a Hawkeye included eight Big Ten titles and seven trips to the NCAA Final Four, where she finished runner-up twice. In 1992, she was named Big Ten and NCAA Coach of the Year.
The Hawkeyes won 45 consecutive matches on Grant Field from 1988-94 and on two different occasions under Beglin they amassed Big Ten Conference victory streaks of 20 or more (winning 25 in a row from 1990-93).