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Bentworth's Ross gets promotion

| Saturday, April 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Bentworth High School graduate Sean Ross was recently promoted to the defensive coordinator role with Wittenburg University's football team.

Ross, who was previously the linebackers' coach, has been on Wittenberg's coaching staff since 2007 and replaces Andy Waddle, who left the Tigers to become head coach at Marietta (Ohio) College. In 2009, Wittenberg had three linebackers make the All-NCAC first team as the Tigers led the nation in defense.

Wittenberg, in Springfield, Ohio, has won more games than any program in Division III history. The Tigers have won five national championships, qualified for the Division III playoffs 15 times and had only one losing season since 1955. Wittenberg was 10-2 last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs.

Ross joined the Wittenburg coaching staff after spending the two years at Westminster College in New Wilmington.

After graduating in 2004 with a bachelor of arts in business from Waynesburg University, Ross coached the Yellow Jackets' linebackers and served as assistant strength and conditioning coach for one year.

A four-year letterman (2000-03) and a three-year starting linebacker at Waynesburg, Ross led the Yellow Jackets in tackles in 2003, when Waynesburg won its first outright President's Athletic Conference (PAC ) championship and qualified for the NCAA Division III national playoffs. Ross was a two-time all-conference selection. As a senior, he was team captain and selected the team's defensive Most Valuable Player after helping the Yellow Jackets win their first conference title since 1968.

Beckwith feted

A decade after being inducted into Richmond (Va.) University's Hall of Fame, Laurel Highlands High School graduate and basketball standout Greg Beckwith was named to the Spiders' men's basketball all-time team as part of the program celebrating its 100th season.

Beckwith, a 5-foot-10-inch point guard, and 15 other Richmond basketball greats, were honored at the team's home game loss to Saint Louis University this past winter. The voting was done by the fans.

A lightning quick ball handler, Beckwith finished his career as the Spiders' all-time leader in assists (573) and steals (227). He also owns the top two single-season marks in both categories, as well as the top all-time single-game assist mark, 16 against Navy.

He also recorded 77 steals his senior year and received the prestigious Kevin Eastman Award, which at the time was presented only four times in program history. The honor is given to a player who exemplifies the qualities of team leadership, dedication and outstanding play.

Beckwith led the Spiders to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1983-84 and again in 1985-86. He dished 38 assists in four career NCAA Tournament games, a 9.5 assist per game average. A Second Team All-CAA and All-State selection in 1985-86, Beckwith twice earned Richmond's Most Improved Player (1983-84 and 1985-86). He is part of the school's 2002-2003 Hall of Fame class.

He played at Laurel Highlands from 1979-80 through 1981-82 and compiled 1,007 career points, including a school-record 52 against Southmoreland High School in February 1982.

He caught the attention of the Richmond coaches when he played well after being selected to the preliminary game of the 1982 Dapper Dan Roundball Classic.

Now a regional team sales manager for Adidas, Beckwith provides color analysis for Spider men's basketball radio broadcasts.

Richmond compiled a 19-15 overall record in 2012-2013 with an 8-8 mark in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Bruce Wald is a freelance writer.