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Falcon career comes full circle

Athletic Director Jim Beckenhauer excelled in many areas while serving Crescenta Valley High

he's set to retire today

June 21, 2010|By Charles Rich

Although his official obligations will wrap up today, Jim Beckenhauer doesn't plan to forget his six-decade affiliation with Crescenta Valley High.

Having been a student, teacher, coach and athletic director, Beckenhauer's memories as a Falcon will continue to flow as he begins his retirement. Trips around the country and numerous hours spent on golf courses around the region will be a part of Beckenhauer's new journey.

"It's all been great," Beckenhauer said. "I bleed a lot of Falcon blue and I've been real fortunate because so many people have been great to me and treated me so well.


"Having been an athlete, teacher, coach and athletic director, I'm proud of the way things have been done through the years at CV."

Beckenhauer got a great deal done during his tenure at Crescenta Valley. He starred in baseball and football before graduating in 1966 and moving on to Glendale Community College.

Beckenhauer then excelled at quarterback for Glendale college, where he passed for 2,340 yards and was a two-time All-Western State Conference member. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Northern Arizona University and a master's degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific University.

But, Crescenta Valley High always tugged at Beckenhauer's heart strings.

Beckenhauer sought to return to Falcon athletics, where he could possibly launch a career in some capacity and teach in the classrooms where he was once a student.

Then-Crescenta Valley varsity football Coach Gordon Warnock gave Beckenhauer his first coaching job in 1974 as co-coach of the school's junior varsity football team.

"I knew this was where I belonged because it's where I got started," Beckenhauer said. "I learned a lot of things while playing sports at CV, including how to learn to play quarterback.

"Then I went to GCC and they helped me a lot. There was just something about being able to come back to CV and help people out and I wanted to do the same for the people who helped me because tradition is something that's important and I wanted to build on that."

Beckenhauer eventually succeeded Warnock as varsity coach, a position he held from 1985-92. Under Beckenhauer, the Falcons went 41-42-2.

In his last season on the sidelines, the Falcons went 11-2 and advanced to the CIF Southern Section semifinals before suffering a 14-7 loss to Los Alamitos.

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