Scott Beaman has stepped down as head coach of Randolph Southern boys basketball.
Beaman cited the time commitment and his desire to spend time with his family as factors in his decision.
“I really had no basketball reason to step down. I had personal things I had to look at,” said Beaman, who has two young daughters.
Beaman, who also teaches at Richmond, is a mainstay in area sports beyond coaching. He is the public address announcer for the Richmond RiverRats and has done broadcast work on Richmond football and basketball for radio station WKBV. Beaman said he plans to help broadcast Tri-Eastern Conference football online this fall for www.radiotroy.com.
Beaman’s wife, Deanna, is a co-owner and general manager of the RiverRats, and recently took over as a co-owner of Hitters Hangout Academy.
“With increased time in the winter, it has made us adjust our family lives. It’s just needing to focus on our family a little bit more and look at some other things,” Beaman said.
Beaman was hired in June 2013 as Randolph Southern’s head coach. He replaced J.C. Price, who led the Rebels in the 2012-13 season.
The Rebels were 2-18 in 2013-14, with victories over Daleville and Cowan.
“Family issues have come up, and he needs to step away,” said Randolph Southern athletic director Monte Cowen. “I respect that, especially when talking about two 4-year-olds.”
Beaman has six seasons of head coaching experience at the Indiana varsity level. He also led Seton Catholic’s boys basketball program for five seasons, taking over midway through the 2006-07 campaign before stepping down after the 2010-11 season.
Beaman said he met with the team Thursday and described it as “positive.”
“I got some really nice text messages from the kids,” he said. “Overall, it’s been a really positive bunch of kids.”
Cowen hopes to have a new coach in place around Labor Day.
“I’d like to do it as quickly as possible,” he said.
“We’re going to do a nice search and try to get somebody who wants to be here long term.”
With Beaman’s departure, Union City is the only one of the five Randolph County boys basketball programs to have a returning coach. Tom Byrum announced earlier this week he was stepping down at Monroe Central, while Winchester and Union also will have new leaders this winter.
Cowen started as Southern’s athletic director three weeks ago. He is no stranger to the Rebels.
“Southern has been good to me, and I’m familiar with the school. I worked here for 23 years prior to getting the (AD) job,” Cowen said. “I know Randolph Southern pretty well. I know the parents, I know the students pretty well, and they’ve accepted me, too.”
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