Todd Beckerman, former Nebraska All-American, enters his third season as the leader of the Brown University wrestling program in 2015-16 after taking over the position on June 14, 2013. Beckerman joined the Bears' coaching staff following eight successful seasons at the University of Maryland, where he served as the head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
In 2014-15, Beckerman guided a pair of NCAA Championship qualifiers in Ophir Bernstein ’15 and Justin Staudenmayer ’17 with both wrestlers picking up a win at the tournament. He coached Billy Watterson ’15, an All-Ivy performer, who also founded a non-profit, Beat the Streets Providence, bringing scholastic wrestling to Providence middle schools and earning several awards. Beckerman also maintained his team’s academic integrity as the Bears posted the nation’s fifth-best team GPA according to the NWCA.
Beckerman made his mark in his first season as Brown’s head coach with historical moments highlighting the 2014-15 season. He mentored Bernstein, Brown wrestling's first All-American in 16 years. Under Beckerman's guidance, Bernstein finished eighth in the nation in the 184-pound weight class, won a Bronze medal at the World University Wrestling Championships, received Brown's 2014 Fritz Pollard Trophy as the University's outstanding male athlete of the year, and was named to the Academic All-Ivy and National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic teams. In team accolades, the Bears defeated Penn in their home opener – marking the first time Brown bested the Quakers in 20 years. Four Brown wrestlers earned All-Ivy honors and the Bears posted the nation's fourth-best team grade point average, garnering recognition from the NWCA.
"We're excited to have Todd Beckerman lead our wrestling program," Brown Director of Athletics Jack Hayes said upon Beckerman’s hiring. "Todd was an outstanding student-athlete and he has continued that success as an accomplished coach with proven credentials. He brings tremendous experience and leadership to the position as well as a clear commitment to the direction of the program."
"I'm honored and excited to become the head coach at Brown, one of the most prestigious universities in the country," Beckerman said upon his hiring. "I would like to thank Jack Hayes and the rest of the search committee for giving me this opportunity. I look forward to working with the student-athletes, administration, and alumni to honor Brown's legacy while building a successful, nationally recognized program."
Beckerman, who coached at the collegiate level for 12 years prior to making his way to College Hill, came to Brown following an impressive stint at Maryland, where he helped lead the Terrapins to four ACC Championships in his last eight years at the school, including back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012.
Individually, Maryland produced 16 different and 26 total conference champions during Beckerman's tenure, while six ACC champions directly trained with the two-time All-American. Under Beckerman's tutelage, seven wrestlers earned All-American honors, including a trio of multiple winners. Beckerman also coached Steven Bell to a sixth-place finish at the 2009 NCAA Championships and an eighth-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Championships. From 2006-12, 38 Maryland wrestlers were named to the All-ACC team, while two earned ACC Wrestler of the Year honors.
In addition to assisting with recruiting, coaching, travel, budgeting, academic support and several other administrative and development duties, Beckerman spearheaded a social media campaign that launched the Maryland program into the national spotlight. For his social media efforts, Beckerman and Maryland won the "The Gold Standard" award by the National Wrestling Coaches Association Best of Brand Awards in 2012.
Prior to his arrival at Maryland, Beckerman spent two seasons as an assistant coach at the Naval Academy. In 2004, Navy posted its best record since 1993 and had a school-record eight wrestlers record 25-win seasons.
In addition to stints at Maryland and Navy, Beckerman served as a volunteer coach at Nebraska during the 2002-03 season, where he primarily coached the lower weight classes and assisted with recruiting. He began his career as an administrative assistant at Penn State in 2001-02, where he worked one-on-one with student-athletes and directed summer camps.
A four-year letterwinner and two-time All-American at Nebraska, Beckerman graduated in 2001 with a B.S. in human resources and family sciences. In addition, he also earned a Master's in Education from Nebraska with an emphasis in post-secondary athletics in 2007.
As a student-athlete, Beckman put together a decorated career on the mat and racked up a lofty list of accolades while wrestling for the Huskers. He earned All-American status at the 2000 and 2001 NCAA Championships and also earned Academic All-Big 12 honors in both seasons. As a senior, the team captain was named the 2000-01 Nebraska Male Athlete of the Year and the Husker Power lifter of the Year, and also competed internationally in 1999 and 2000 with the Big 12 All-Star Wrestling Team.
Beckerman and his wife, Christina, have one daughter, Grace.
"What They're Saying About Todd Beckerman"
"I had the pleasure of coaching Todd at the University of Nebraska and he had an outstanding career there. Todd has definitely paid his dues as an assistant coach and is a true professional in every sense of the word. I am happy for both Brown University, for choosing Todd, and for the sport of wrestling. Having a young coach with his character will help not only Brown, but also our sport."
Mark Cody – University of Oklahoma Head Coach
"Brown University is getting a super coach, one of the best young coaches in the business. Todd has developed and prepared to put himself in this position. The student-athletes who are currently at Brown, along with future student-athletes, will be benefiting from a coach who will prepare them for life."
Mark Manning – University of Nebraska Head Coach
"I am really excited for Todd. This is a great opportunity. It's a bitter sweet moment for us and our program, because he does mean so much to the Maryland Wrestling Family. But, we are really excited for his opportunity and look forward to some great things from him as the head coach at Brown."
Kerry McCoy – University of Maryland Head Coach
"As a Brown graduate, I am very excited about the hiring of Todd Beckerman. He is a proven leader with a demonstrated history of success as a wrestler and a coach. He has mentored under some of our top coaches and is uniquely positioned to build on the rich history of Brown wrestling."
Pat Tocci '93 – Senior Director at the National Wrestling Coaches Association
The Beckerman File at Brown
All-Americans (1): Ophir Bernstein (2014)
NCAA Qualifiers (2): Ophir Bernstein (2014-15), Justin Staudenmayer (2015)
EIWA Placers (4): Ophir Bernstein (2014-15), Ricky McDonald (2014-15), Steven Galiardo (2015), Billy Watterson (2015)
All-Ivy (6): Ophir Bernstein (2014), Ryder Cavey (2014), Anthony Finocchiaro (2014), Ricky McDonald (2014), Justin Staudenmayer (2015), Billy Watterson (2015)