Arlon Beadles earned 200th win in 2012-13

Three colleagues extol tributes for Lady Lions coach

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  One of the biggest sports headlines at Southwestern Assemblies of God University this past school year was the coaching milestone of Arlon Beadles.

The veteran women’s basketball coach, who recently finished his eighth season at the helm of the Lady Lions, won his 100th game at SAGU and 200th since he began coaching women.

Both were achieved on the same night when SAGU routed Dallas Christian College in Richardson, 79-39, just days after Thanksgiving 2012.

Coach Beadles, who could have a new, talented squad this fall, should end a brief two-year span under .500. The previous three squads produced the best three seasons in SAGU history.

They rolled to 25-8, 24-8 and 23-13 campaigns in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

In that duration they played in the NAIA national tournament (’10), knocked off an NCAA Division I team and finished No. 3 in the nation in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) tourney.

Through it all, Coach Beadles’ steady, guiding hand has been a constant.

His coaching strategies have changed over the years, though he has found a zone defensive scheme that has proven incredibly effective.

In 2009 SAGU players bought in and held opposing shooters to .303 accuracy – the best in the country, along with permitting only 49.6 points per game, second nationally.

Emphasizing quickness and traps with three guards and active forwards, the team has ranked in the Top 20 in the country in field goal defense, scoring defense, steals and blocked shots in four of the past five seasons.

A seasoned veteran, his strength has been his firm gentleman’s approach, which often is marked by maximum production by players. And Beadles’ schematic skills have been recognized by others.

His abilities bring to mind the legendary quote of Bum Phillips, the former Head Coach of the Houston Oilers, who praised Don Shula, the Miami Dolphins Head Coach and Hall of Fame inductee: "He can take his'n and beat your'n, and he can take your'n and beat his'n."

In fact, here are the words of three college coaches who know Beadles well:

Dr. JERRY BOONE

“Coach Beadles is a great example of hard work and integrity in coaching. Congratulations, my friend.” – Dr. Jerry Boone, former SAGU Men’s Basketball Coach and Athletic Director.

Beadles and Boone came to SAGU at the same time after years of coaching together at Emmanuel College, in Franklin Springs, Georgia.

Presently, Boone and his wife Glenda are professors at North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina.

Also the Lions, EC, like SAGU, is a Division I member in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

JEROME WILLIS

“Tell Coach Beadles congrats for me. I can’t say enough about how well he prepared his teams and how much he got out of the players he had,” said Jerome Willis.

He was the coach at Langston University (Ok), who won the Red River Athletic Conference six consecutive years.

SAGU was their nemesis, and once broke Langston’s four-year unbeaten home record with a 71-61 win on February 8, 2010.

“As a coach I looked up to how he could take a team that was clearly not as talented on paper as say my teams were,” Willis continued, “and get them not to only believe they could win, but accomplish it.”

“His teams play that zone so well that when I changed jobs (Willis is now at the Univ. of Texas at Permian Basin) he was the first person I called to get information on how he coaches his zone defense. Like always he was there to help me.”

“Outside of basketball,” Willis (pictured above, left) pointed out, “he is one of the best men I know and have had the pleasure to be around.”

This past winter, in his first season in Odessa, Texas, Willis took the UTPB Falcons to a 21-8 record and the (NCAA Division II) Heartland Conference championship.

RONNIE HOWELL

Another rival coach, Ronnie Howell, of LSU-Shreveport, had similar things to say about Beadles.

“I told my team before we came over to (play at SAGU this past season) they will always play with a lot of passion and poise,” said Howell.

“Coach Beadles gets the most out of his players and they are fundamentally sound in every aspect of the game. They run their offense until they get the shot they want and (his players) read defenses very well. Their zone defense is something you always have to prepare extra for.”

“Since the first time I met Coach Beadles when he got the job at SAGU, he has always been very nice and cordial and I consider him a true friend in the coach's world.”

Howell’s Lady Pilots went 25-6 this year, again qualifying for the NAIA national tournament. LSUS was 25-9 the year before (2012). In the last five seasons his teams have one 117-41 (.741).

“You can tell when you talk to him and watch him coach, he still has that compassion, love, and fire to coach! He is a true teacher of the game but more importantly he is one of the finest men I have ever met."

He concluded: “Congrats Coach Beadles! May you have many more wins in the future.”

Beadles (beed-lz) has been recognized seven times for his coaching prowess, six of them by the NCCAA – which is a mix of around 120 NCAA Division 2, D3 and NAIA schools.

He was selected Coach of the Year in the South Region three times; 1999-2000, 2000-2001 and 2003-2004, all while at Emmanuel College.

He matched the feat while in the Central Region at SAGU, in; 2008-2009, 2009-2010, and 2010-2011.

The Red River Athletic Conference paid tribute to Beadles as its Coach of the Year in the 2008-2009 season.

SAGU has had four winning seasons since the sport joined the NAIA in the late 1990’s. Coach Beadles was on the sideline for three of them, while Robbie Shay - currently at Bacone College - led the Lady Lions to their first.

His career at colleges has generally been at locations where he was asked to rebuild programs.

His career mark as a women’s coach is 206-241. At SAGU he has racked up a 106-141 ledger.

After the milestone 200th triumph, SAGU honored Coach Beadles with a special luncheon where he was presented with a commemorative plaque.

While coaching men’s college hoops, Beadles was inducted in the Hall of Fame at Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma. He coached the Eagles there from 1966-1974.

This past year he traveled 90 miles northeast of Atlanta to Franklin Springs, Georgia, where Emmanuel College named the lobby of their new sports complex after him.

Giving credit where it is due (Romans 13:7) is a mark of secure leaders who recognize the proven performance of others. And praiseworthy is a common response to Arlon Beadles.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.

BIO:  Coach Arlon G. Beadles

Birthplace:  Sulphur Springs, Tx
High School Southwestern H.S., Oklahoma City, Ok
Athletic Career (high points):  College basketball, team MVP three times
College & Major:  Southern Nazarene University, Physical Education

Wife's Name:  Mary
Children / Vocation Greg (Atlanta Falcons, Vice President), Traci (Elementary Teacher), Adam (Physical Therapist)
Number of Grandchildren:  Nine.

Levels of Basketball You Have Coached JrHi, SrHi, Junior College, four-year universities
How Many Years Coaching Men:  29.
How Many Years Coaching Women:  13.

Favorite Sports Movie:  Hoosiers (1986).
Favorite Sports Book:  Be Quick, but Don’t Hurry, by Andrew Hill with Coach John Wooden.
Favorite Author:  Mark Batterson of Washington D.C.
Favorite Book / Author:  In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson.

Favorite Motto that is related to coaching:  “You Can Count on Me” (Philippians 4:13)

Coaches You'd Call a Mentor:  Bill White (Oral Roberts University), Abe Lemons (Oklahoma City University, Univ. of Texas)

If You Weren't Coaching, What would your Vocation be?  Cattleman, Rancher

Countries Traveled to:  Argentina, Canada, England, Mexico, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
 

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Lady Lions face ranked OLLU

Lady Lions face ranked OLLU

Jan 09, 2013 - Women's Basketball News

Follow game on live video or LiveStats Slowing down nation's top scoring team a challenge SAN ANTONIO, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s basketba...

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Cold spell costly to Lady Lions

Cold spell costly to Lady Lions

Jan 05, 2013 - Women's Basketball News

St. Thomas rides 41-20 halftime lead to victory Hill leads SAGU with 21; Cox has 16 rebounds Box Score WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University ...

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Lady Lions head into 2013

Lady Lions head into 2013

Dec 31, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Basketball season resumes Saturday at home Team's new identity reveals a balanced attack WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s baske...

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Lady Lions fall in Ft. Worth, 63-41

Lady Lions fall in Ft. Worth, 63-41

Dec 18, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Wesleyan defense stymies SAGU offense Next Game: Jan. 5 at home vs. St. Thomas Click here for Box Score FORT WORTH, Texas  --  The women’s basketball team from Southwe...

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Trifectas too much for SAGU

Trifectas too much for SAGU

Dec 16, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Hankins scores career-high 29 Lady Lions succumb to 15 three-pointers HOBBS, New Mexico  --  The women’s basketball team from Southwestern Assemblies of God University outshot ...

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Women's head basketball coach earns 100th SAGU career win

Women's head basketball coach earns 100th SAGU career win

Dec 14, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Waxahachie, Texas — December 14, 2012 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Women's Head Basketball Coach Arlon Beadles achieved his 100th SAGU win on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, as...

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Lady Lions sink in 58-47 loss

Lady Lions sink in 58-47 loss

Dec 14, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

SAGU outlasted by #17 LSU-S Solid defensive effort undone by turnovers Click here for Box Score WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  A talented LSU-Shreveport women’s basketball tea...

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SAGU hoopsters ring in the holidays

SAGU hoopsters ring in the holidays

Dec 13, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Players team-up with the Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive a worthy service project WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  On the court they receive an assist for serving others. In the communit...

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Lady Lions get stuck in the muddle

Lady Lions get stuck in the muddle

Dec 11, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

SAGU comes up short to Langston, 62-46 Hill, Harvatin, Sodich combine for 35 points Click here for Box Score LANGSTON, Oklahoma  --  Monday night’s women’s college basketba...

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Hot starting Bacone rolls by Lady Lions

Hot starting Bacone rolls by Lady Lions

Dec 09, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Hill pours in 20-points in losing cause SAGU plays at Langston on Monday Click here for Box Score MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University wome...

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Saturday night hoops; SAGU at Bacone

Saturday night hoops; SAGU at Bacone

Dec 08, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Follow the game on Live Stats SAGU is at Langston on Monday MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s and women’s basketball teams are in Okla...

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Lady Lions hold off Texas College

Lady Lions hold off Texas College

Dec 04, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

79-76 win offsets loss of Winston Freshman Hill thrills crowd, Hankins saves day WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  “There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets th...

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Love too much for Lions to handle

Love too much for Lions to handle

Dec 02, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Jarvis guard erupts for 42 points SAGU drops 72-55 decision, host TxC on Monday Click here for Box Score (Photo Gallery listed below) WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Pro...

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SAGU hosts Saturday afternoon games

SAGU hosts Saturday afternoon games

Dec 01, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Lady Lions at 2:00pm, Lions at 4:00pm Jarvis Christian College visits for RRAC twinbill WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University will play host to ...

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Last second free throw costs SAGU

Last second free throw costs SAGU

Nov 30, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Lady Lions drop 56-55 decision to Tillotson Cox, Harvatin, Winston reach double-figures Click here for Box Score AUSTIN, Texas  --  An accidental foul in the backcourt sent...

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Lady Lions breeze to 79-39 triumph

Lady Lions breeze to 79-39 triumph

Nov 28, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Coach Beadles Wins 200th Winston, Bratchett lead 12 Lady Lion scorers FARMERS BRANCH, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s basketball team went full...

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Lady Lions overcome cold start, roll 72-52

Lady Lions overcome cold start, roll 72-52

Nov 26, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Team recovers from 13-point deficit Coach Beadles now one win shy of 200 Click here for Box Score WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  It was far from pretty, but the end product wa...

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Second half dooms Lady Lions

Second half dooms Lady Lions

Nov 12, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Wayland Baptist breaks open close game SAGU comes up short in 64-43 setback WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The best half of basketball to date by Southwestern Assemblies of God Univ...

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Solid start and finish sparks Lady Lions

Solid start and finish sparks Lady Lions

Nov 12, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

SAGU wins opener, 80-68, over DCC Winston, Bratchett lead five in double-figures WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Some things increase in their value once they have been lost. Like th...

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Q & A with Arlon Beadles

Q & A with Arlon Beadles

Nov 09, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Head Coach Assesses the Lady Lions Optimism reigns; home games Fri/Sat PM WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  His eyes filled with insights and the richness of know-how, Southwestern A...

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SAGU Classic slated for Friday, Saturday

SAGU Classic slated for Friday, Saturday

Nov 09, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Women's college hoops takes over campus Lady Lions play at 7:30pm on both nights WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The women’s basketball team at Southwestern Assemblies of God Univers...

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Cold second half cages Lady Lions

Cold second half cages Lady Lions

Nov 04, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Team drops to 0-2 after weekend tourney Lady Lions host SAGU Classic, Nov. 9-10  BETHANY, Oklahoma  --  A solid first half was not enough for the women’s basketball t...

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Drovers lasso Lady Lions

Drovers lasso Lady Lions

Nov 04, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

USAO tops SAGU in season opener Winston, Hankins, Hill score in double-figures BETHANY, Oklahoma  --  Despite controlling the boards in convincing fashion, the Southwestern Ass...

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SAGU drops opener, 84-64, in OKC

SAGU drops opener, 84-64, in OKC

Nov 03, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

BETHANY, Oklahoma  --  Despite controlling the boards in convincing fashion, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University women's basketball team finished on the wrong side of an 84-6...

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Lady Lions hoopsters picked 6th

Lady Lions hoopsters picked 6th

Oct 31, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

SAGU to open new season this weekend Pre-Season Coaches Poll ranks all 12 RRAC teams WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Following a rebuilding season last winter, the Southwestern Assembli...

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Lady Lions take on Alumni All-Stars

Lady Lions take on Alumni All-Stars

Oct 11, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

A Breakfast of Hoops and Fruit Loops  Chelsea Jones and Company return to the court WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Fans of women’s college basketball with get a preview look at th...

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Women's hoops names new Assistant Coach

Women's hoops names new Assistant Coach

Aug 09, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Kory Henry returns to Lady Lions Veteran coach to focus on SAGU defense WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The women’s basketball team at Southwestern Assemblies of God University have ann...

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Lady Lions announce 30-game schedule

Lady Lions announce 30-game schedule

Jul 02, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

SAGU tips off season in Oklahoma Coach Beadles leads retooled 2012-13 team WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University has released the schedule of the women’s basketb...

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Lady Lions banking on Tanks

Lady Lions banking on Tanks

Jun 29, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

San Antonio pipeline sends 'Shooter'  Smithson Valley's Shaina Tanks signs WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Forgive women’s basketball coach Arlon Beadles for smiling. He just completed the rec...

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Dual-sport winger to play hoops

Dual-sport winger to play hoops

Jun 28, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Jessica Sodich to play basketball Recruiting class adds second guard WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The women’s basketball team at Southwestern Assemblies of God University has announc...

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Roberts named All-American

Roberts named All-American

Apr 23, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Roberts leads NAIA in blocked shots Bruner, Winston recognized for their efforts as well   WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Prior to the Southwestern Assemblies of God University sports banque...

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Taylor-made recruit for SAGU hoops

Taylor-made recruit for SAGU hoops

Apr 13, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

Point Guard Taylor Hill signs Waxahachie H.S. standout inks with Lady Lions WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Surrounded by relatives and well-wishers, Taylor Hill signed her national letter of intent o...

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Lady Lions come up short to Langston

Lady Lions come up short to Langston

Mar 03, 2012 - Women's Basketball News

RRAC tourney loss ends SAGU season Winston, Roberts lead team; Bruner, Brown cap careers WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s basketball team foug...

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