Beverly Kearney

Head Coach,
University of Texas
Women's Track and Field

Beverly Kearney, affectionately known as "Bev," is one of the most successful coaches in the history of track and field. But Bev's success as a coach and athlete didn't come easily. In her senior year of high school, she lost her mother. At 17, she was homeless. However, Bev forged on through college and graduate school as a standout athlete and student. After graduation, Bev committed herself to be a mentor and coach to female athletes. Her record of seven collegiate national championships is the highest among African-American coaches and second among women coaches. Today, Bev continues to exceed expectations. In 2002, an automobile accident left her in a wheelchair with repeated diagnoses that she would never walk again. Nevertheless, Bev continued to coach from a wheelchair, then from a walker, and now on a cane - ultimately adding two more national championships to her record.

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