Boards approve Beam, Brown as head coaches

A couple of head football coaching positions at area high schools are filled as of Monday.

Former Burns coach Matt Beam will guide the Newton-Conover High School football program.

Beam was officially approved as a physical education teacher by the Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education at approximately 8:54 p.m. on Monday night.

Newton-Conover Schools Superintendent Dr. David Stegall saw several qualities in Beam that made him the perfect choice to coach the Red Devils going forward.

“He cares about young men and growing young men,” Stegall said. “That is the thing that really stuck out. He is a really great football coach, but there is more to being a leader of men besides on the field. He really valued that and his experience has showed that he has done well with growing young men.”

Beam replaces Brint Russell, who resigned on Nov. 14, 2013.

Beam becomes just the fourth head football coach at N-CHS in the past 40 years, joining Don Patrick, Nick Bazzle and Russell.

The Red Devils were 2-9 this past season after sharing a piece of the final Catawba Valley 2A title in 2012 with a 9-5 record.

An East Lincoln High graduate, Beam has spent the past five seasons as head coach at Burns.

He has won at least 10 games in each of the past four seasons, going 45-10 during that span.

Stegall said that Beam met with his Burns football players on Monday to notify them he was leaving.

Beam is expected to meet with the current Newton-Conover coaching staff on Monday, according to Stegall, with a press conference to introduce the newest Red Devil tentatively set for Wednesday.

“He will add value to their lives and be a great mentor,” Stegall said. “We think he will bring that same level of excitement and commitment to our community.”

Brown to lead Cavaliers

At 70 years old, Tom Brown caught the “coaching itch.”

The former Maiden and Bunker Hill high school will lead East Burke High School this fall after being approved as a non-faculty coach by the Burke County Board of Education on Monday night.

The 2014 prep football season will mark Brown’s first as a head coach since the 2007 campaign. It will also be his 40th overall as a head coach with his previous 39 having been spent inside Catawba County (35 at Maiden and four at Bunker Hill).

Brown replaces Jim Ruark as coach, becoming the eighth man to ever lead the Cavaliers on the gridiron.

A member of several halls of fame, including the North Carolina High School Athletic Association hall, Brown has a 352-117-7 record as head football coach.