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Muhlenberg Icon Sam Beidleman Retires

Sam Beidleman

Sam Beidleman ’63 came to Muhlenberg College as a freshman in the fall of 1959, earning letters in football and track during his four years as a student here.  He spent thirteen years as an assistant football coach after graduating, and coached baseball from 1970 to 1992, winning 250 games, five Middle Atlantic Conference Southwest League titles and three Southern Division championships.  From 1965 to 1992 he also held the academic rank of associate professor of physical education and served as director of intramurals and recreation and business and facilities manager until 2000 when he retired.  In 2003, Sam came out of retirement to serve as interim director of athletics, where he remained until 2012. 

During Sam's tenure as athletic director, Muhlenberg won 18 Centennial Conference championships in nine different sports and hosted NCAA Tournament games in football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and women’s basketball.  He was inducted into Muhlenberg's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.  Sam’s high standards, his great sense of humor and his deep wisdom are just a few of the reasons that he will be missed by countless Mules.

You can make an online gift to the Cardinal and Grey Society in honor of Sam at, or write a check to Muhlenberg College, (please note “In honor of Sam Beidleman” in the memo section). For more information, call Deb Kipp, Associate Vice President for Development at 484-664-3223.




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