The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

December 10, 2013

UPDATED: Clements football coach steps down after 10 months

By Kim West
kwest@athensnews-courier.com

Editor’s note: This story has been updated after The News Courier spoke today to Clements High School Principal Keith Hairrell and Kevin Davis, an assistant principal and athletic director at Clements.

Clements High School must find its fifth football coach since 2006 with the stepping down of first-year coach Dan Beavers.

During Tuesday’s 15-minute regular board meeting, the Limestone County Board of Education voted 7-0 to accept Beavers’ resignation as a coach and physical education teacher.

The board’s decision is effective Dec. 20, which is the last day of school before the school system closes for Christmas break.

Beavers did not attend the board meeting, and multiple phone calls to his cellphone have not been returned.

Dr. Tom Sisk, superintendent of Limestone County Schools, said last week that Beavers, in accordance with board policy, had been given 30 days to respond to written notification from school officials regarding his employment status.

At the time, Sisk did not confirm whether Beavers would be fired or allowed to resign. However, multiple sources have told The News Courier that Beavers would have been considered for termination by the school system and school board if he did not resign.

After Tuesday’s meeting, Sisk declined to comment when asked why Beavers submitted his resignation, citing an agreement that does not allow the school system to speak publicly about the circumstances of the resignation.

Zebbra Green, executive director of human resources, said she could not provide any details about the resignation. She confirmed that Beavers would finish the semester at Clements.

From home-run hire to resignation

In February, Beavers became the Clements coach in a decision hailed as a home-run hire by prep football observers. He managed to more than double the thin Colts’ roster in time for the season opener in August.

Known for his toughness and an old-school approach to football, Beavers did not miss a game this season despite having multiple fractures to his arm, face and knee as a result of falling 20-plus feet in June while doing gutter work to his roof.

From 2001-2011, he guided Rogers High School to a 75-50 record, three 11-win seasons and seven postseason appearances, including a trip to the 3A semifinals two years ago.

“Coach Beavers is a classy person, and one of the best coaches I’ve ever been around,” said Kevin Davis, an assistant principal and athletic director at Clements who has known Beavers for 30 years. “He has done more for students and kids than any educator I’ve been around.

“He is the reason kids want to go into education, and I think the program is 100 percent better than a year ago.”

Davis declined to comment about why Beavers has chosen to leave the program after one year.

Clements Principal Keith Hairrell said he could not comment on Beavers’ decision to resign, or the circumstances leading to his resignation.

Program adversity

Beavers went 1-9 in his first season with the Colts. Clements, a Class 3A school, belongs to the one of the most competitive regions in the state. Annual Region 8 opponents include two-time defending state champion Madison Academy, traditional powers Colbert County and Deshler and county rival Elkmont.

The Clements program has endured four consecutive 1-9 seasons, with its last winning season coming in 2009 when the Colts went 7-4 under then-coach Barry Daniel and played in their fourth straight postseason.

Prior to Tanner’s 2A state championships the past two seasons, Clements is the last team in the county school system to win a football state title after winning the 1A championship in 1966.

School system officials are expected to search for the next football coach early next semester.