Dick Beam, an assistant coach on a pair of USC’s national championship football teams and later an NFL front-office executive, died of cancer on Thursday in Corona, USC announced Friday. He was 75.
Beam spent four seasons under head coach John McKay at USC, the first two as a part-time assistant and scout and then the final two seasons as a full-time assistant. The Trojans won the national championship in 1972 and 1974 and played in three Rose Bowls during his tenure.
He then went with McKay to NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he worked for five years as an assistant coach and the director of administration. Bean was then the director of operations for the Rams for 10 seasons from 1981-1990. He later helped organize three NFL American Bowls in London, Tokyo and Berlin and served as a consultant to the NFL for 29 Super Bowls, including Super Bowl XLV in 2011.
He began his coaching career at Whittier College, his alma mater, in 1958, later coaching there under Don Coryell. He spent more than a decade coaching local high-school football at Santa Fe, Montebello, Brea and Alhambra before joining the Trojans.
Beam is survived by his wife, Dorothy, son, Donn, daughter Cathy Crofts, and three grandchildren.