Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Because of Joe Beidler, former Whitman College coach, Linfield has its famous “Hartford Connection”



Joseph B. Beidler, 1918-2016

Hartford, Connecticut, COURANT newspaper


Joseph B. "Coach" Beidler, 97, died Monday, October 31, in the comfort of his home.
He was born November 15, 1918.
Joe served our country during WWII as a Lieutenant in the Navy aboard a mine sweeper.
His passing leaves a void in the hearts of many, especially his devoted daughter, Nancee (Ray Torns) and his adoring wife and "best girl" of 74 years, Ruth.
He is also survived by his daughter JoAnn Schaaf, his son Robert, his only granddaughter, Brandy Caban, three grandsons Kalua, Kama and Kahoa McKeague, and his special great-granddaughter, Kiana Caban.
Joe's passion was football and baseball. First as a player and then as a coach.
His career spanned nearly 4 decades, beginning at his beloved alma mater, Trinity College, migrating to the Pacific West and returning home to CT to coach at Weaver High and Conrad High.
One of his proudest achievements was creating what became known as the "Hartford Connection." Between 1958 and 1967 Coach sent 10 young and talented players to Linfield College in Oregon.
Coach believed in his players and inspired them to fulfill their potential. Joe's 15 year run of coaching with McKee at Conrad High was legendary, winning over 80% of games played.
When he hung up cleats and retired to Vero Beach with Ruth they "played" together at golf, Bridge, square dancing and pool! Always learning!
He volunteered for the Dodgers at Spring Training and relished being the driver who talked "game" all the way to the airport. Coach Beidler was a great guy. Loved and respected. A coach who knew the science of football and a gentleman on and off the field. His word was gold. He left the world a better place.
The family extends its sincere gratitude to all the caregivers and Masonicare Hospice professionals who gave Joe such exceptional care.
A Celebration of Coach Joe Beidler's life will be held at Trinity College Chapel at a later date. Please visit our guestbook at www.taylorandmodeen.com

 

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Linfield’s storied ‘Hartford Connection’ is thanks to Coach Joe Beidler


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Joe Beidler’s contact with Linfield happened because he was coaching at Whitman College, Linfield’s Northwest Conference rival in Walla Walla, Wash.
He and his wife, Ruth, arrived at Whitman in 1949, after three years (1946-1949) coaching at his alma mater, Trinity College in Hartford.
Initially, he was Whitman head baseball coach and assistant football coach. In 1951, he became Whitman’s head football coach, too. He coached both sports until June 1955, when the Beidlers left Walla Walla and Whitman to return to Connecticut.

PHOTO from 1952 Whitman College Waiilatpu student yearbook.