Jason Frakes with Louisville’s Courier-Journal has published a story about Beatty’s retiring at Kentucky’s premier high school football program, Louisville Trinity. Beatty leaves behind big shoes to fill at the premier destination job at its level of play, maybe even in the entire midwest but certainly in the Bluegrass.
Frakes reported that Bob Beatty became head football coach at Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) in 2000 and won 15 state championships in a 21-year span. Today, Beatty announced his retirement.
Trinity, No. 11 in the MaxPreps Top 25, won the Kentucky 6A title this season, dominating Male 28-0 to cap a 10-0 season and earn the school’s 27th overall banner.
“I don’t think there’s any question he’s the most accomplished coach in the history of Kentucky high school football,” Male head coach Chris Wolfe told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “The greatest 20-year run that I’m aware of, just a remarkable career at Trinity.”
So who’s going to be most likely to step up and take the reigns? In this article we will begin with the first couple of likely replacements. Hopefully, we will comeback and augment this list as other candidates surface.
Here are the first two names we’re hearing tonight (January 7, 2021).
Ty Scroggins…St. Francis DeSales…
Coach Scroggins is a legendary coach who won 5-titles coaching at Louisville Central prior to moving on to DeSales where he has challenged for the title every year he has been there. HIs teams play very hard and he is a popular coach who is accustomed to coaxing top-flight, athletic talent to enroll anywhere he happens to “set up shop.”
Louisville is “open enrollment” where even the public schools have the opportunity to attract crazy athletes onto the roster from the Louisville Youth Football Leagues. This would be a popular hire as he has acclimated himself to coaching at a private school while at DeSales.
Trinity plays a much larger classification of football than 3A, DeSales. However, as we have before discussed, at the level of football played at “smaller schools” like DeSales (and others we could easily name), the jump in classification to 6A wouldn’t be a staggeringly difficult transition.
Andrew Coverdale…St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, OH…
If we were going to guess, right now, the smart play is that it is Coverdale’s job to lose. Coverdale was Trinity’s offensive coordinator for 17-seasons before leaving in April of 2019 for the same position at St. Xavier in Cincinnati.
Coverdale would appear to have the “inside track” owing to his already having a comfort level with the school’s administration. He’s a known commodity and has been offensive coordinator on the staff at Trinity over periods of very high level of play, particularly on the offensive side of the football.
Of course, when your team has won 27-titles at Kentucky’s largest classification, there really haven’t been any down-times. Coverdale, while OC for the “Bombers” helped coach teams which finished 9-3 in 2019 and then went 10-2 this past Fall, 3-0 in its conference, and finished the 2nd-highest ranked team in Ohio and 18th-in the MaxPreps Top-25.
That is all we have for you right now. If you hear of anything, don’t be shy about commenting below this article. We will dig around and report back, in this same article, should your information be deemed credible.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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