Beckmann promoted to Associate Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Independence CC

Rob Beckmann has been promoted to Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Independence Community College by Head Coach Jim Turgeon.

In his first season at ICC, Coach Beckmann was essential in coaching the Pirates to a 20-7 overall record and their first NJCAA Region VI (Jayhawk) Championship since 1996, ending a 25-year drought. Since being hired as Head Assistant in October 2020, Beckmann has served as lead recruiter, head player development and strength and conditioning coach, and director of fundraising and social media content. Coach Beckmann also collaborates with Coach Turgeon on offensive and defensive strategy, along with practice planning.

“I wanted loyalty, hard work, and a real passion for coaching basketball,” Coach Turgeon said, upon initially appointing Coach Beckmann as his first hire in Independence. “It was clear (Rob) had all of these qualities. I feel very lucky to get such a quality coach and a quality person.”

Before his tenure at Indy, Beckmann was the Associate Head Coach for the Men’s Basketball team at the State College of Florida (SCF) in Bradenton, Florida, from August 2018 to October 2020. While at SCF, Beckmann was the architect of one of the fastest and most prolific offenses nationally in Men’s NJCAA Division 1, as the Manatees averaged 29.7 transition points per game during their 2019-20 campaign and led the entire state of Florida in scoring for the first half of the season. From 2018 to 2020, SCF Basketball had its most successful two-year run of the current century, as it won the Suncoast Conference Tournament Championship twice and made the Florida State Tournament in consecutive seasons.

In his second and final season at SCF, Beckmann also helped produce multiple NCAA Division 1 players including D’Moi Hodge (Cleveland State) who ranked first in the state of Florida and second nationally in total points scored. Hodge went on to compete in NCAA March Madness in Spring 2021 as a key contributor for the Vikings of Cleveland State. Other D1 players produced during Beckmann’s final year at SCF were Isiah Dasher (University of Portland) and Remy Robert (Wichita State/McNeese State), along with NCAA Division 2 players Chris Scarborough (Holy Names University) and Max Bell-Ramos (Lane College).

Prior to his time at SCF, Beckmann had served as both a High School and AAU Head Coach and Founder in the Sarasota and Bradenton (Florida) area for over four years.

In May 2014, Beckmann became the Head Coach for the Women’s Basketball team at Sarasota Military Academy High School, inheriting a team that had only won one single game in the program’s entire history.  In his second season, the team won 16 games, earning Beckmann Coach of the Year honors in his district.  In his third season, Beckmann again won Coach of the Year for the second-straight year as SMA defeated multiple Top 10 teams in the state and won the school’s first ever playoff game for Men or Women in one of Florida’s most difficult districts.

In 2016, Beckmann founded and began serving as Head Coach for the travel team BAE Sports, which competed in AAU, USSSA, and US Amateur tournaments.  For three years, the team was perennially ranked in the Top 10 in the state of Florida and produced multiple NCAA Division-1, -2, and -3 basketball players and NAIA players.

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