Reynolds assistant coach Scott Beam explains where his love of grass came from.
ASHEVILLE – David Williams officially stepped down as Reynolds baseball coach last week, but his mind had been made up for some time.
Williams is expecting his fourth son by the end of the month, and after his second season with the Rockets was cut short due to the spread of COVID-19, he reconsidered his family obligations.
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Williams told the Citizen Times that he informed Reynolds Athletic Director Steve McCurry earlier this month that he would be resigning from his post.
“For me it’s a matter of me being a better family man and a good husband,” said Williams, who finished with a 16-11 record at Reynolds. “It was not an easy decision, and I love the game of baseball, but I don’t have the desire and fire to continue doing what I’ve done. The (Reynolds) program deserves more than that.”
McCurry announced Williams’ resignation via email on the evening of May 14 and subsequently announced the promotion of assistant coach Scott Beam as his replacement.
Beam, who has been an assistant at Reynolds for the past two seasons, will be a head coach for the first time in his career.
Beam was an assistant coach at Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, South Carolina, from 2002-08 and played college baseball at Mars Hill and North Greenville University.
Scott Beam, an assistant coach for Reynolds High School baseball, tends to the grass at the school’s baseball field April 10, 2019. (Photo: Angela Wilhelmfirstname.lastname@example.org)
“We know he will bring energy and a great work ethic to lead our program in the right direction,” McCurry said in an email.
“I was a little shocked but I’ve been smiling a bunch,” Beam said. “Being trusted to lead this program, in this community, is a high honor, and one I do not take lightly.”
Williams said he has no plans to coach next season. His wife, Ashton Williams, will continue coaching at Rosman High School as the head volleyball and girls basketball coach.
“My priorities have shifted, and that happens,” he said. “I’m proud of that. I’ve always put coaching on the top of my list, but right now I can’t wait for the new baby to get here and for us to spend this time together as a family.”
David Thompson is an award-winning reporter for the Citizen Times. He can be reached at email@example.com, at 828-231-1747, or on Twitter at @acthshuddle.
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