After losing in the opening game of the 8-AA district tournament last Friday, Macon County girls head basketball coach Jeff Beam said he will be resigning after 12 years and two Class AA state championship game appearances with the team.
“I just felt like it was time,” Beam said. “We’ve got a good bunch of kids coming up so I just think it’s time to get a new person to let them do it.”
Macon County Athletic Director Tracy Strong said she had not received an official letter of resignation from Beam as of Wednesday.
After leading Macon County to state runner-up finishes in the 2010-2011 and 2012-2013 seasons, Beam, who spent two years as an assistant before taking over as head coach for a decade, didn’t have one specific reason for leaving the program. He just felt that it was the necessary step for Macon County.
“It was just one of those things where I just felt like the time was right and I didn’t have the success the past couple years that I probably needed to and wanted to,” he said, “and I think even as a coach you need to be able to recognize that your program needs to take a different step.”
Beam will continue to teach at Macon County but didn’t want to slow the program’s progress.
“I truly love Macon County and this girls basketball program and I don’t want to stand in the way of it for any reason.”
Coach of both the junior high and the high school girls teams, Beam decided that if he was going to leave one he would leave both.
“I’ve been coaching junior high and high school both so I really don’t think it’s a good combination to do both now and didn’t want to let go of just one.”
No matter who takes over, Beam believes they will be stepping into a program on its way up.
“I think they have some good kids coming up and they will have a lot of success,” he said.
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