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GHS basketball coach Kelly Beckham retires

Published: May. 4, 2021 at 5:41 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -Kelly Beckham, head boys basketball coach At Gainesville High School for the last 13 seasons, has announced his retirement from coaching. Beckham’s legacy includes 39 total seasons of coaching basketball and 798 career victories. The win total ranked second among active coaches in the state of Florida.

Beckham previously coached Bronson High School for 24 years. His entire career included four state championship game appearances, including a state title with GHS in 2009.

Beckham says he’ll miss the little things that make being a coach rewarding.

“The teaching at practice was the fun part for me,” said Beckham. “The preparing and then actually going on the court and teaching the young men, but I’m also going to miss the camaraderie and friendships between fellow coaches.”

In a statement, GHS athletic director Cindy Boulware lauded Beckham’s attributes as a head coach.

“His integrity, character, work ethic and basketball knowledge are second to none,” said Boulware. “He will be greatly missed and we wish him nothing but the very best in his retirement.”

Phillip Knight will serve as GHS interim head coach until a full-time replacement is named.

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