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Richard Beckett
Football, Track & Field

Class of 1995 

Richie Beckett came to Bethany from Wheeling Park High School, where he helped lead the Patriots to the state semifinals his junior and senior seasons. In addition, he was a two-time regional champion and OVAC record-holder in the 110 hurdles on the track, while also winning a state title in the shuttle hurdle relay.

Once at Bethany, Beckett continued to excel on the gridiron and on the track. He was a four-year letterman as a wide receiver and earned Second Team All-PAC in 1993. He led the PAC with 490 receiving yards in 1994 and finished his career with 93 receptions for 1,241 yards, which both ranked in the top 10 all-time at Bethany at the time, and nine touchdowns.

On the track, Beckett qualified for the 1993 NCAA National Championships in the 110 hurdles and placed ninth at the national meet. As a senior in 1995, he won conference championships in the 110 hurdles and the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, finishing his career with 10 All-PAC honors. His name is still in the Bethany records books for the 1,600 (3:20.64) relay and his time of 14.75 seconds in the 110 hurdles remained a Bison record until 2008.

Beckett graduated from Bethany with a degree in sports administration and a minor in business management. He continued to play football after leaving Bethany, signing a contract with the Steel Valley Smash in 1998 and playing in the semi-pro Ohio Valley Football League, earning First Team All-OVFL as a wide receiver in 1999 and later playing in multiple all-star games.

Beckett currently resides in Richmond, Va., with his wife Charise and their five children Damon, Arielle, Bryce, Jason and Braylen.