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Beaumont won a share of the North Coast League division titles in each of the final two years that the league existed (2018-19 and 2019-20) and coach Derrick Russell was tabbed as the North Coast League Coach of the Year in 2019-20 before the NCL evolved into the Crown Conference.

Most recently, Sophia Boes ’23 was named first team All-Crown Conference after the inaugural 2021-22 season.

Two of Russell’s players, Carly Perusek ’20 and Lydia Gattozzi ’21, surpassed the 1,000-point mark during their careers to join Mary Browne ’83, Eileen Wittman ’99 and Annie Bova ’12 as the five players in program history to reach the mark.

Notable Alumna

Lydia Gattozzi ’21 burst onto the scene with 27 points in her first high school game, and she went on to score 1,496 career points which made her Beaumont’s all-time leading scorer.

Gattozzi was named Division II All-Ohio honorable mention after each of her first two seasons in Cleveland Heights, then she was placed on the Division II All-Ohio special mention list at the conclusion of her junior and senior seasons before going on to play Division I basketball at Canisius College.

Steve Klug, Head Coach

Steve Klug was previously the head basketball coach at Hathaway Brown School. In his two seasons leading the Blazers, they finished 34-15 (.693) and reached the district semifinals in both seasons. He spent the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons as a varsity assistant coach at Hathaway Brown. Klug also coached for 10 seasons at the youth level at Gesu, where he guided the 2018-19 Bulldogs to an undefeated season and their first CYO City Championship since 1992. He currently coaches the SMAC BlueDevils 2027 AAU team. He is a graduate of Saint Ignatius High School and earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Education from John Carroll University. He has taught middle school mathematics at Chagrin Falls, Hathaway Brown, and Shaker Heights. Joining Klug on his staff will be assistant couch, Anna Alkire, who will also serve as Beaumont's Enrichment and Outreach Coordinator.