AFC Cleveland welcomes back Tom Beck to the 2013 Royals roster! Beck, one of the original signings on last season expansion side, started the preseason friendly at forward only to see his season cut extremely short. Teammates, the staff, and fans looked on as Beck was brought down mid-way through the first half, only to later reveal he had torn ligaments in his knee, ending his 2012 NPSL and junior season at Mount Union before they even started.
While 2012 was missed at Mount Union, Beck will return to the Raiders following the NPSL as a key player in OAC competition. In 2011, Beck ended the season with a team-leading 28 points, which included 12 goals (3 game-winners) and 4 assists. He was named first-team All-Conference (OAC) following an All-Conference Honorable Mention as a freshman. Highly regarded as a freshman signing on with Mount Union, Beck finished his High School career with First Team All-Ohio, All-Region, All-County, and All-Conference accolades at Cardinal Mooney High.
Andy Hoggarth, Head Coach, “I’m looking forward to seeing Tom in the squad this year. Even with the year we had last year you have to wonder what additional qualities he would have brought to the team had he not got injured in our scrimmage. I was pleased to see that he got his sharpness back in the tryouts.
David Schmac, Director of Player Personnel, “It’s great to have Tom back. He’s a fantastic individual and stayed extremely loyal to the organization regardless of his situation. He was always there for the home games, and even some away games, working with coaching and medical on the sideline. He stuck with the program and has come back bigger, stronger, and ready to make up for a lost season. He’s going to be a great asset to the team and will be widely accepted by the community.