FLORENCE, S.C. - Francis Marion University athletic director Murray Hartzler has announced the promotion of Marty Beall to head coach for women’s soccer.
Beall, 29, has been an assistant coach for the past four seasons. He replaces Hartzler, who started the women’s program in 1995. The move will allow Hartzler more time to coach the men’s squad and handle his athletic directorship duties, including fund raising through the Swamp Fox Club.
“This is a great opportunity for Marty, and a very positive move for our women’s program,” said Hartzler. “He has proven himself a very capable coach over the past four years, and increasingly so since I assumed the duties of athletic director. I have all the confidence in the world in his abilities to lead our program, and to lead it at a very high level.”
Prior to moving to South Carolina in 1999, Beall spent two seasons as women’s assistant coach at the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore, Md.
Beall played two seasons at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, where he captained the 1994 squad. He also played one season for a nationally ranked team at Montgomery (Junior) College in Rockville, Md. He completed degree requirements for the B.S. degree in psychology at FMU.
He was an all-state performer as a senior at Damascus (Md.) High School, and played eight seasons with the Bethesda Soccer Club.
Beall has also coached at the youth league, high school, and club levels, and is in his fourth year as head coach of the South Carolina Youth-17 Olympic Development Program (ODP) boys’ squad. He holds advanced national diplomas from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
“This is an exciting time for me,” Beall said. “Because I have been here for several years, I am familiar with the program and the change-over will not be anything major. We have a great group of student-athletes, and talented players tend to take the pressure off of a coach. They will make my new job much easier. I am looking forward to this new opportunity.”
This past season, with Beall handling a majority of the coaching duties, the Francis Marion women posted a 12-6-1 record. The 2003 squad will return eight of 11 starters.
In their previous eight seasons, the Patriot women own a 109-35-4 mark. FMU has never had a losing season and the Patriots have twice earned invitations to the NCAA Division II national tournament.