Hudson Valley Names Softball Coach

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, October 7, 2002

Image of Jeff BeyerHudson Valley Community College Athletic Director Drew Marrochello announced today the hiring of Jeff Beyer of Scotia as the women's softball coach.

Beyer comes to Hudson Valley after three years at Schenectady County Community College. In their first year of varsity softball, he led the Royals to a 14-9 overall record and a berth in the Region III playoffs in 2002. Prior to last season, Beyer spent two years developing the team from club level to varsity.

"Jeff Beyer has proven himself as a winner at this level," said Marrochello. "We are excited to have him and look forward to maintaining a strong softball program at Hudson Valley."

A 1982 graduate of Clemson University, where he played baseball, Beyer has played and coached with several fast-pitch men's leagues in Schenectady for the last 18 years.

Hudson Valley was the perfect move for me," stated Beyer. "The mood of the staff and the support that I am receiving fit my ideology of the sport of softball. Success comes from hard work, and at Hudson Valley, I have found that everyone involved with the program has given 110 percent of their resources to help me achieve a successful beginning."

In the 2001-02 academic year, Hudson Valley's athletic teams combined to win 65 percent of their contests. The college's softball team traveled to Illinois for the national championship tournament and finished second in the country, and the women's basketball team placed seventh in the nation. Hudson Valley's football team won the Northeast Football Conference, and the baseball and bowling squads each added a Mountain Valley Conference title. Additionally, three Vikings earned Region III Player-of-the-Year status and eight were honored with All-American status.