Beson came to Carleton in 1956 after leading Edina High School to the mythical state championship. He quickly turned the fortunes of the program around in three-plus seasons before dying of a heart attack midway through the 1959 season. Despite his short tenure he left a lasting impression on colleagues and students. According to one of his former players, John Larson ’60, Beson “exhibited… extraordinary characteristics. He brought respectability and credibility to the sports aspect at Carleton and to the entire Carleton community.” Beson, who reportedly had chances to coach larger and more successful programs, stayed at Carleton, amassing a 21-7-2 mark, including a 1956 Midwest Conference tri-championship. During his four-season tenure, Carleton outscored the opposition 632-397. He’s one of only three Carleton football coaches to coach at least three seasons and win at least 70 percent of their games.