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NHHS announces new football coach

Jim Beatty, a former head football coach at T.C. Roberson High School and an assistant coach last year at North Henderon High School, has been hired as the new head football coach at North, the school announced.

Beatty joined the North Henderson staff this past season after leaving McDowell High School. Since becoming a Knight, Beatty has served as PE teacher, offensive coordinator and assistant football coach.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity to become the head football coach at North Henderson and working with this group of kids and this community. I would also like to thank Dr. Shepard and Mr. McDaris for this opportunity,” said Coach Beatty.
Beatty is no stranger to what it takes to be successful in western North Carolina and the Western Mountain Athletic Conference. During his eight years as head football coach at TC Roberson High School Beatty led the Rams to two MAC championships (2007 and 2012), four MAC 4A conference championships (2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013), and a finish as the NCHSAA Western Regional Runner-Up in the playoffs (2007). Beatty was also selected as the MAC Coach of the Year in 2012. After leaving the Rams Beatty served as the offensive line coach for Mars Hill University for three years before joining Andy Morgan’s football staff at McDowell High School.
“We are excited for Coach Beatty to pick right up where Coach Zach Wilkins left off," Assistant Principal and Athletic Director John McDaris said. "Coach Wilkins did a tremendous job in helping our football program take strides in a more positive direction and we believe Coach Beatty is the perfect man to continue to help us move forward. We are excited about Coach Beatty’s toughness and intensity and look forward to supporting him as he leads our football program."
Beatty has been married for 15 years to his wife, Laura.