Rocks Head Coach Bob Beatty Announces Retirement

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After 21 years at the helm of Trinity Shamrocks football, head coach Bob Beatty announced his retirement today..

ECHO Staff

After 21 years at the helm of Shamrocks football, head coach Bob Beatty announced his retirement from teaching and coaching at a press conference held in Shamrock Gymnasium at 2:00 today. 

With a state record 15 championships, Beatty amassed 254 wins against only 44 losses. The latest title came this year with a 28-0 win against Male.

The 2011 Rocks were named national champions by multiple services.  Beatty was inducted into the Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.

Beatty was named National Coach of the Year by USA Today (2017), and served as a two-time coach at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game, once as head coach.

His teams have performed at a championship level never before seen in the history of Kentucky high school football”

— Trinity Athletics Director Rob Saxton

Trinity President Dr. Rob Mullen praised Beatty, saying, “He has worked very hard and expected the same of his staff and players. He created a culture where nothing was to be expected without it being earned. I think it reflects his being from the ‘Show Me’ state of Missouri.

“Bob was low maintenance. The best example I can give of this was when we were designing the new stadium. I had to practically drag Bob into the office to see what was being planned. His comment was, ‘Looks great. We will play on Sherrin Avenue if that is what you want us to do.’  He is a model for being a head coach working within an athletic department.

“Bob is an excellent teacher. While not always possible, we prefer our head coaches to be teachers. He took his role as a teacher seriously. You can see it reflected in the growth of his teams through each season. You can also see it in the performance of his students.”

Director of Athletics Rob Saxton said, “Trinity has had the good fortune of having Bob Beatty serve as our head football coach for the past 21 years. Coach Beatty has delivered excellence in the classroom and on the football field. He has developed young men. He has taught life lessons. His teams have performed at a championship level never before seen in the history of Kentucky high school football. I will miss him. And yet I know that he and Jayne are ready for, and excited about, retirement. We thank them and wish them all the best.”

–some information from The Courier-Journal’s Jason Frakes and the Trinity Website