Randy Beverly Jr.




  • Name: Randy Beverly Jr.

  • Year Graduated High School: 1985

  • HS Athletic Accomplishments:

    • Lettered in Football, Basketball, Track & Field

    • 1984 Hansen Award Winner – Suffolk County Football Player of the Year

    • 1984 NYS Gatorade Player of the Year

    • 1984 Adidas and HSCA All-American

    • Ranked in top 50 for Division I recruits for 1985

    • School records as of 1985 included longest kickoff return (football), 400 Meter Dash, 4x100 Relay, 4x400 Relay (Track & Field)

  • Year Graduated College and College Attended: 1990 – UCLA

  • Sports Played in College: Football

  • What do you do for a living now? Head Coach – Sweden’s Black Knights Football Team (2015 Super Bowl Finalist) and software consultant. (Randy has designed software for EA SPORTS, as well as for Fox Sports, Disney and ESPN. He has worked with the NFL in assisting the league in the creation of new training technologies and in 2007, he co-founded Beast Stu­dios, an Eastern European gaming studio. He now lives in Milan, Italy with his family).

  • What social and educational benefits did playing high school sports provide? Playing sports in high school provided me with an opportunity to attend one of the top universities in the country. At the very foundation of my college degree and life’s work are the roots of playing competitive high school sports in Central Islip.

  • What's the most important life lesson you’ve learned from participating in high school activities? Playing high school sports instilled the values and concepts of “TEAM” and “TEAMWORK” for me. I absorbed these values while learning, growing and playing for the CI Musketeers.

  • What are the most important things you learned from your high school coaches and high school teammates? My coaches and teammates at CIHS taught me how to prepare, compete, win, think, and adjust to circumstances that were not always favorable. These lessons were invaluable and transcend sports and competition. My coaches were, and still are, incredible individuals that have directly and positively impacted my life.

  • How did participating in HS sports help you academically? High school sports helped drive my academic accomplishments. In CI, I would not have been allowed to participate in interscholastic athletics without performing well in the classroom. Without academic success there would not have been athletic success.

  • What was your favorite moment as a Musketeer? There were many unbelievable moments as a Musketeer. Maybe the most memorable was walking the halls of the school for the last time as I prepared for graduation in 1985. Until then everything I knew was being a student-athlete in Central Islip. I was frightened with the idea of leaving everything I did and knew to start a new chapter in my life at UCLA, but my years at CIHS prepared me well, academically, athletically and socially. Deep down I knew I would do well because of all I learned in CI.

  • What were the benefits of growing up in Central Islip and attending the Central Islip HS? Many of my direct, first-hand experiences with a wide variety of cultures and meeting people from different parts of the world began in Central Islip. In the 1980s CI was truly a melting pot. People with extremely different backgrounds and experiences came together and learned as one because of the community of Central Islip and the CIHS. As students and student-athletes we were able to feel comfortable with all people, in all situations. It was a benefit during my days at UCLA and is a benefit today as I live in Italy and coach in Sweden. There are situations where others might be uncomfortable when I do not even notice a difference; that is because of the Central Islip community and high school.

  • Anything else you want to add? I want to thank my coaches, teammates and classmates for making me feel welcome when I moved to Central Islip. I am blessed that CI is where I was able to attend high school and further my academic and athletic career. I also want to thank the CI Sports Hall of Fame for my induction. The HOF committee is made up of many of the people who made attending CIHS so special for me and what they give back to the community in terms of scholarships, donations, etc. is truly amazing.