- El Toro High School
- JSerra Catholic High School
- Mission Viejo High School
Scholarship Candidate Qualifications
The Coach Richard Beatie Scholarship Award is presented annually to a player that is the ultimate teammate. A player who gives full effort on the field whether he is the star quarterback or a fourth string scout offensive lineman. This same player is dedicated to his teammates off the field. They know they can turn to this player for guidance and support at any time. The ideal candidate is service oriented, curious, spiritual and demonstrates a joy for life. Finally, the ideal candidate should be in good academic standing with a desire to pursue a post-secondary education.
Richard the Coach
Richard was a unique and extraordinary coach. He did not yell or berate his players but instead focused on teaching the details of the game to his guys. Richard did this with great passion and care. This style of coaching allowed his players to flourish. Many players commented that because of Richard they played with great confidence which resulted in positive results for the player and team.
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Coach Richard Beatie was a graduate of San Gabriel High School where he was a Varsity Letterman in football, basketball, and track. After high school, Richard attended Glendale Junior College and later earned a football scholarship at USC where he played offensive line for two years with the Trojans. Richard graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Education.
After a career of finance in the private sector, Richard returned to his love of football and began his coaching career at Mission Viejo High School. There, Richard was reunited with his former USC teammate and quarterback, Rob Johnson, who also coached at the school with his father, Bob Johnson. Richard later went on to coach the offensive line at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano. Richard was instrumental in the development of linemen Luke Wattenberg and Nick Harris who both became scholarship players for the University of Washington Huskies. A position teaching Physical Education at El Toro High School, led to Richard coaching there and becoming the school’s Offensive Coordinator.
From “Tuesdays with Morrie”, by Mitch Albom
“After Morrie died, I went through boxes of old college material. And I discovered a final paper I had written for one of his classes. It was twenty years old now. On the front page were my penciled comments scribbled to Morrie, and beneath them were his comments scribbled back.
Mine began, “Dear Coach…
His began, “Dear Player…
For some reason, each time I read that, I miss him more.
Have you ever really had a teacher? One who saw you as a raw but precious thing, a jewel that, with wisdom, could be polished to a proud shine? If you are lucky enough to find your way to such teachers, you will always find your way back.”