Commitment To Success
When Dylan Beasley was considering where to attend college, he didn’t think it would lead to playing professional football in Europe.
Beasley recently completed a season as a professional American football player in Norway for the Åsane Seahawks, a team in the Norwegian Federation of American sports, leading them to the league championship as their quarterback. Now he’s set to begin on a new adventure - a teacher and coach in Southcentral Kentucky.
A 2013 graduate of Nelson County High School in Bardstown, Ky., Beasley played four years of high school baseball and football, which gave him several options for a collegiate athletic career.
“When I was first looking at Lindsey Wilson College, I had also considered playing baseball,” he said. “I was having a tough time deciding between baseball and football, and I felt that I had probably waited too long as I hadn’t made a decision one way or the other by the time the football team’s recruiting season ended. So, I figured that wasn’t going to happen for me. But a couple of the quarterbacks dropped out, and they came back to me with another offer. I felt that it was definitely the right fit for me.”
Beasley had a successful collegiate career at LWC, both on and off the field. He majored in education and graduated with honors. In addition to football, Beasley was very involved on campus. He participated in student government, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and Campus Alpha.
“I watched probably eight hours or more of game film every week during the season,” he said. “Then there was throw practice, weight lifting, studying, classes and everything else on top of that, and there’s not a whole lot of time left in a day. It’s a lot to juggle. As a freshman, being the new guy and somewhat shy and a little homesick, I found myself just going to the library a lot to read. I think that definitely helped me and got me off on the right foot as a student-athlete.”
Beasley owns a long list of LWC football awards and honors. He was the program’s starting quarterback for three seasons, leading the Blue Raiders to an overall record of 30-6, and he was captain during his senior year.
“Dylan was a great example of what we look for in our student-athletes on and off the field,” said Lindsey Wilson head coach Chris Oliver, who helped launch the Lindsey Wilson football program nine years ago. “He had a strong commitment to academic success, but his character is even more impressive.”
On the field, Beasley passed for 9,135 yards and threw 97 touchdowns passes. He was named 2017 Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division Player of the Week three times and was a finalist for 2017 NAIA Player of the Year. Perhaps most impressive, he was an Academic All Mid-South Conference every year he suited up for the Blue Raiders.
Those accomplishments led to a stint as a professional football player in Europe.
“I knew that playing overseas was an option for me about two years ago,” said Beasley. “I put my highlight film out there to see if there was any interest. I think mostly, even beyond getting to continue my football career, I wanted to opportunity to see the world. But at the same time, I’ve played football since I was 5 years old. It’s part of who I am. I have many other interests, but football has shaped me into the person that I am today, and I think I’m a better man for it.”
Beasley’s area of study in education was history and social studies. He is passionate about those subjects, and the opportunity to play American football in Norway and help as a coach was a benefit in several ways.
“When I return from playing football overseas at the end of the summer I want to become a high school social studies/history teacher and coach football,” said Beasley. “The opportunity to play football and help out as a coach of the team with the Åsane Seahawks fulfills two things I’m passionate about. The added perk of seeing the world, especially for someone who loves history and culture, is amazing beyond words.”
Beasley credits the LWC faculty for stoking his passion for history and education.
“When I took my first education class here I was able to go into the school system and see what it was like to be a teacher,” he said. “I fell in love with it. Education is a challenging program, but it’s worth it when you consider the impact you are able to make in the lives of the students.”
Beasley returned to the United States in early July after leading the Åsane Seahawks its first runner-up finish in the Norway title. He began the 2018-19 school year as a social studies teacher and assistant football coach at Russell County High School in Russell Springs, Ky.
“After living in another country for four months, I’m now able to understand how people in other countries live differently from how we do in the USA,” said Beasley. “I can apply this experience, especially in the subject that I teach, to better communicate with my students about cultural differences and how they relate to the lessons. It will also help with coaching because having to communicate with players who spoke English as a second language furthered my ability to focus on the fundamentals that will be very important at the high school level.”
And Beasley said his road received a significant boost at LWC.
“Over all I just feel very fortunate to have had LWC lay such a great foundation for me,” said Beasley. “The college was ideal providing opportunities that continue to pay dividends. It was the best decision I could have made.”