Bob Beatty, who has led the Trinity High School football program to 11 state championships in his 15 seasons as head coach, is among 33 who have applied to be the next coach at Bentonville (Ark.), according to a report Sunday by the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
Beatty did not immediately return a call for comment Sunday night.
According to the Democrat Gazette, Bentonville athletic director Scott Passmore plans to narrow the list of applicants this week and interview them in early March. Passmore told the newspaper he hopes to name a new head coach on March 16.
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. The Tigers finished 9-4 last season and won the Class 7-A state championship.
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.
In a 2009 interview with The Courier-Journal, Beatty said he had interviewed for just one other job during his tenure at Trinity and turned down the position at Valdosta (Ga.) in 2005. Since then, he reportedly interviewed at Branson (Mo.) in March of 2014.
A native of Butler, Mo., Beatty has said he spends much of his vacation time with his family at the Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri. Bentonville is located about 3 ½ hours from the Lake of the Ozarks.
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