Bill Beecher Award
Each year the Bill Beecher award is presented to an individual who has volunteered a significant amount of time and effort to growing the sport of swimming in the New River Valley and beyond.
Bill Beecher, who now currently serves as the Competitive Coordinator of Christiansburg Aquatic Center, has been a part of the area and the New River Valley swimming community for over 40 years. Bill grew up in Blacksburg and became part of the “original” summer league, which at the time consisted of a few Blacksburg Country Club swimmers and a handful of Shawnee Swim Club members. A few months later, this became the first quasi-year round team, calling themselves Blacksburg Swim Team (BST), later known as Blacksburg Sunfish. They swam at Virginia Tech’s indoor pool during the winter months and even competed in JO’s (Junior Olympics) as unattached swimmers.
In 1973 during his senior year at Virginia Tech, Bill began coaching for Blacksburg Swim Team as an assistant coach and was named as the head coach not long after. Between 1977 and 1978 he coached the Virginia Tech swim team and continued coaching BST until 1983 when he moved to Roanoke to coach the RVAA Gators. In 1988 he moved to Radford where he managed the Dedmon center until 2010. During his time at Radford, he founded and coached both SWAT (1988-2001), the university club team (1989-2001), and the Radford varsity team (2001-2007).
Bill has devoted his life and career to promoting the positive benefits of the sport of swimming, and it is safe to assume that our team and organization would not exist in the capacity that it does had it not been for the efforts of Bill Beecher. We honor Bill and another individual that demonstrates a similar commitment and devotion to the sport each year by presenting the Bill Beecher award.