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UVic honours storied field hockey coach Lynne Beecroft with renamed field

‘Buzz’ led her teams to 15 national championships over decorated career
UVic alumni gathered on Oct. 21 as the school’s field hockey pitch was renamed the Lynne ‘Buzz’ Beecroft Field to commemorate to program’s longtime coach. (Courtesy of the University of Victoria)

The University of Victoria has permanently enshrined its former field hockey coach’s legacy at the place where her four-decade career began.

UVic on Saturday (Oct. 21) named the CARSA field hockey pitch the Lynne “Buzz” Beecroft Field to commemorate one of the most decorated coaches in Canadian university sports history.

“It is truly an honour to have this field named after me, I’m pretty sure I could have just pulled up a bed and had this as my second home for many years,” Beecroft said in her acceptance speech. “Honestly, as much as it’s a legacy to have this field in my name, what I have loved the most was just coaching and playing with everyone here, so thank you for this incredible honour.”

As a coach, she captured 15 U SPORTS national championships and had another 19 medals on the national stage.

UVic said Beecroft’s remarkable journey is not only characterized by countless achievements and accolades but the profound impact she has made on her athletes, colleagues, the community and the sport. Around 40 pupils took her guidance before they would go on to represent Canada in field hockey.

A couple hundred people gathered on the field hockey pitch on Oct. 21 for the official unveiling of the new sign with Beecroft’s name. The schools said the Lynne “Buzz” Beecroft Field is a fitting tribute that stands as a testament to her lasting impact on the sport and all those fortunate enough to have experienced the coach’s passion.

“Buzz has done a masterful job of tapping the wellsprings of potential of her athletes. Every time a Vikes athlete has the opportunity to step on this field, they will be a part of her legacy,” Krista Thompson, UVic women’s field hockey head coach, said in a news release.

In five years as a UVic player, Beecroft helped her team capture two Canada West titles and three runner-up finishes in the conference. It was her speed and tenacity that earned her the Buzz moniker.

She also participated in four World Cups and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics as a member of Team Canada. Among many other accomplishments, Beecroft has also been inducted into the UVic, B.C. and Greater Victoria sports halls of fame.

A day after the field’s renaming, it was the site of the Vikes’ fifth-straight Canada West title after a 1-0 win over the University of British Columbia. The women’s field hockey team will now compete at the U SPORTS championships in Ontario from Nov. 2 to 6.

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