Erin Beacham ’98
“Erin Beacham was a player-coach for us as team captain her senior season at Lovett,” recalls former Lovett Athletic Director John East, then the varsity girls basketball coach. “Her on-the-floor leadership was evident then, and that intangible was a big key to our success.”
From Lovett, where she led the team in scoring, steals, and assists, Beacham went on to a career at Guilford College and helped elevate that program to new levels.
Beacham earned second team all-region and first team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) honors in 2002 and led the Guilford College Quakers with a career-high 13.4 points per game average, which ranked 10th in the league. The 5’6” guard also led Guilford in assists (3.79 apg) and three-pointers (26) and finished second on the team with 6.0 rebounds per contest. She earned the ODAC Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player Award after averaging 18.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in three Quakers’ wins that clinched their second straight conference crown.
Beacham scored a career-high 36 points in Guilford’s ODAC semifinal win over Randolph-Macon and had 21 games with 10 or more points. The team captain led Guilford’s scorers 13 times and had two double-doubles. Her 75.5 percent free-throw percentage ranks fifth on Guilford’s single-season list.
A four-year letter winner and two-time All-ODAC performer, Beacham concluded her career seventh in school history with 1,238 career points. She stands second on Guilford’s career free throws (370) and assists (393) charts. Beacham grabbed 550 rebounds in her 109 career games, ranking eighth in school history. Her 192 steals and 62 three-pointers stand fourth, and she compiled the Quakers’ third-highest career free-throw percentage (.755), as well.