The Beacon High School boys basketball team will have a new coach for the 2014-15 season.
Beacon athletic director Eric Romanino confirmed on Sunday that longtime coach Tom Powers will not be back, though he “can’t comment on the reasons why.”
“It’s a personnel matter,” Romanino said. “He certainly will be missed.”
Powers, a 1973 Beacon graduate, was hired by the school in 1979 as a teacher and coach. Though he hasn’t coached every boys basketball season since then, he’s had long stints in the job. Powers’ 2003 team that won the Section 1 Class B title and reached the state final four, was inducted to the Beacon High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.
“He’s a very well-respected coach in the section and the county,” Romanino said. “It’s a monumental task for me to replace him.”
Beacon finished 14-7 last season, losing in the Section 1 Class A quarterfinals to Walter Panas. Powers could not be reached for comment.
Our Lady of Lourdes coach Jim Santoro praised Powers’ contributions in helping the Dutchess County Basketball Coaches Association with various events and tournaments.
“I can always rely on Tommy to be there to help in every way possible,” Santoro said. “He’s always done everything with the best interest of the kids, not only in his mind, but in his heart.”
For nearly three decades, the coaches have met on the court in an “incredible rivalry” between the schools.
“There’s rivalry, and then there’s Beacon/Lourdes,” Santoro said. “It really didn’t matter who had the better team. It was always going to be a one-two point game. That was what was great about coaching against him.”