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Elizabeth Anne "Beth" Beglin (born April 2, 1957 in Teaneck, New Jersey) is a former field hockey player from the United States, who was a member of the Women's National Team that won the bronze medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.

Beth Beglin
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Full nameElizabeth Anne Beglin
BornApril 2, 1957 (1957-04-02) (age 62)
Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.


Beglin grew up in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.[1] She attended Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, New Jersey, and was inducted in 2011 into the school's hall of fame.[2]


Beglin qualified for the 1980 Olympic team but did not compete due to the Olympic Committee's boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Russia. She was one of 461 athletes to receive a Congressional Gold Medal years later.[3] When the United States hosted the Games in 1984, she once again represented her native country and was part of the bronze medal team. Four years later, she was a member of the team that competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.[4]


From 1988-99, Beglin was the field hockey coach at the University of Iowa where the team won 25 straight Big 10 conference matches from 1990–93 and 45 consecutive home matches on Grant Field from 1988-94.


  1. ^ Miles, Gary. "What They're Seeking Is Field Hockey Gold", The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 5, 1998. Accessed August 21, 2011. "Team captain Beth Beglin of Upper Saddle River, N.J., recently named the head coach at the University of Iowa, and Californians Marcy Place von Schottenstein and Sheryl Johnson are back from the 1984 team. Johnson also serves as the team's vice captain."
  2. ^ Jackson, Matt. "Northern Highlands Hall of Fame class unveiled", Town Journal, February 10, 2011. Accessed August 21, 2011.
  3. ^ Caroccioli, Tom; Caroccioli, Jerry. Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Highland Park, IL: New Chapter Press. pp. 243–253. ISBN 978-0942257403.
  4. ^ Beaton, Rod. "USA Olympians", USA Today, January 6, 1988. Accessed August 16, 2011. "Beth Beglin of Teaneck N.J. and Sheryl Johnson of Palo Alto Calif head the selections for the USA's women's field hockey team that will compete in the Summer Olympics at Seoul South Korea in September. Beglin and Johnson will be making their third Olympic appearances."