Beck ’90 Named Interim CMS Track & Field Coach

August 27, 2014

The appointment of Kelly Beck ’90 as interim track and field coach is one of several changes to the coaching staff of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athletics.

According to CMS Athletics, Director of Athletics Mike Sutton ’76 announced on Aug. 26 that Beck, the long-time assistant coach for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps track and field and cross country, was named as CMS’ interim track & field head coach. Beck is in his 25th year coaching track and field and cross country at CMS, and this is his 29th year with the program. Beck, a Harvey Mudd College graduate, was a four-year member of both the track and field and cross country teams.

“With an interim position, what I was looking for was an individual who knew what it takes to lead a winning program and be successful,” said Sutton, the William B. Arce Professor and George R. Roberts Fellow of CMS Athletics. “I wanted the next coach to be someone who knew the student-athletes, is connected with alumni and is passionate about the CMS program and with Kelly, we have that, and I am thrilled to have him step into this new role.”

Beck’s track coaching duties over the years have included work with the distance teams, and he coached the sprinters from 1995-2010. He has coached 18 individuals and six relays who have achieved 35 All-American titles, including one NCAA national champion.

“I am extremely honored and privileged to be able take over such an outstanding, successful program after being involved with the team for the last 24 years as an assistant coach,” said Beck. “Our student-athletes and coaches over the years have been instrumental in building up a tradition of championship-caliber teams, and I look forward to being a part of that tradition in an expanded role going forward.”

Beck graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 1990 (engineering) and started coaching at CMS that fall. In 1992 he earned a master’s degree from the U.S. Sports Academy in sport management. The assistant coach for both cross country teams in the fall, Coach Beck also serves as the sports information director for CMS Athletics.

Beck takes over for Kendra Reimer who stepped down as head coach on Aug. 15 after four seasons leading the CMS program. Reimer left CMS to become the head coach at San Francisco State University.

In addition to Beck’s new role, assistant coach Glenn Stewart will take over a larger role as an associate coach. Stewart will be in his third season at CMS as a coach for the men’s and women’s pole vault, along with assisting the sprints and hurdles.

Changes for Men’s Baseball and Women’s Lacrosse

After 27 years in the dugout at the helm of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps baseball team, head coach Randy Town has stepped down from the position to move into an administrative role within the athletics department, Director of Athletics Mike Sutton announced on Aug. 20. Read more

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ Director of Athletics Michael Sutton has announced that Lauren Uhr has been hired as CMS’ new head women’s lacrosse coach. Uhr returns to CMS after eight years as the head coach of Division I Saint Mary’s College. Prior to that, she coached at CMS for three seasons compiling a 34-13 record. Read more

The CMS men’s program has won 185 SCIAC titles since its inception; this is more than any other SCIAC school during this same period by 54. The women’s program has won 95 SCIAC titles which is the most among SCIAC schools. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is the only team in the SCIAC which has won a conference title in each sport. CMS has won all 21 sports at least twice.  Each of the men’s teams has repeated as SCIAC champion at least once and have each won at least four titles. Ten of the women’s teams have repeated as SCIAC champion.