Larry Beightol

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Larry Beightol
Biographical details
Born (1942-11-21) November 21, 1942 (age 76)
Morrisdale, Pennsylvania
Playing career
Position(s)Guard, Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1968–1971William & Mary (OL)
1972–1975NC State (OL)
1976Auburn (OC/OL)
1977–1978Arkansas (OL)
1979Louisiana Tech
1983–1984Missouri (OC)
1985–1986Atlanta Falcons (OL)
1987–1988Tampa Bay Buccaneers (OL)
1989San Diego Chargers (OL)
1990–1994New York Jets (OL)
1995Houston Oilers (OL)
1996–1998Miami Dolphins (OL)
1999–2005Green Bay Packers (OL)
2006Detroit Lions (OL)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame
Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame

Larry Beightol (born November 21, 1942) is an American football coach. He has been inducted into both the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (Western Division)[1] and the Catawba College Hall of Fame.[2]

Early years[edit]

Beightol played high school football at West Branch High School and college football at Catawba College, he obtained his master's degree at The College of William & Mary[2]


Beightol's coaching career began in 1968 at the College of William and Mary, where he served as offensive line coach until 1971. From there, Beightol moved on to coach at North Carolina State, Auburn, the University of Arkansas, the University of Missouri, and Louisiana Tech (where he spent the 1979 season as head coach). In 1985, Beightol began his NFL coaching career, where he led the offensive lines for the Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Diego Chargers, New York Jets, Houston Oilers, and Miami Dolphins before joining the Green Bay Packers as offensive line coach in 1999 under Head Coach Ray Rhodes; when Mike Sherman became the Packers coach in 2000, Beightol was one of the few assistant coaches he retained from the previous coaching regime.

In early 2006, Sherman was fired by the Packers after a disappointing 4-12 season; the new head coach, Mike McCarthy, released much of the coaching staff after he was hired, including Beightol.[3] He was hired in late January 2006 by the Detroit Lions and new head coach Rod Marinelli to coach the Lions' offensive line. In January 2007 he was fired from the Detroit Lions.[4]

Beightol stays involved in coaching nationally, as an Offensive Line Coach preparing college stars for the NFL combine, at Competitive Edge Sports (CES) of Atlanta. Beightol also runs a national football camps for high school stars in training.


  1. ^ "About the Chargers". Pittsburgh Press. November 19, 1989. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Eskenazi, Gerald (December 2, 1994). "Up Front, the Pressure Is on the Jets' Linemen. Just Listen to Their Coach". The New York Times. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  3. ^ "McCarthy gets settled in with Packers". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. January 14, 2006. Retrieved March 18, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Lions fire Henderson, O-line coach Beightol, too". ESPN. January 3, 2007. Retrieved March 18, 2010.