Football coach says he explored position in Arkansas
Trinity High School on Tuesday released a statement from Bob Beatty saying that he plans to stay as the school’s football coach after reports that he applied for the position as head coach at Bentonville (Ark.).
“I am staying at Trinity,” Beatty said. “Trinity is home. Louisville is home. My wife loves her teaching position and her school. My children live here. It is a great fit.”
A report in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette on Feb. 22 mentioned Beatty as one of 33 applicants for the Bentonville job. Bentonville is looking to replace Barry Lunney, who retired in January after posting a 97-25 record and winning four state titles in 10 seasons.
In the statement from Trinity, Beatty thanked athletic director Rob Saxton for allowing him to talk to Bentonville officials.
“He showed me ample respect while I explored whether that opportunity would have been good for my family,” Beatty said. “He also showed confidence in what coaching at Trinity offers someone who wants to coach young men.”
Beatty, 59, has a 181-32 record at Trinity and won his 11th state title last December, tying former Highlands coach Dale Mueller for the most in state history. His 2011 squad finished 14-0 and was named national champion by four websites.
With several returning starters from last season, the Shamrocks likely will be ranked No. 1 in Class 6-A entering the 2015 season.
“I am excited about our off-season conditioning,” Beatty said. “I like the leadership shown so far by next year’s seniors. The coaching staff is set. I am really happy that our schedule is set for the next two years.”
After redistricting by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association for the 2015 season, Trinity will be in Class 6-A, District Four with Ballard, Eastern, Jeffersontown and Seneca.
Jason Frakes can be reached at (502) 582-4046 and followed on Twitter @kyhighs.