Spencer Beaty, a former Maryville College basketball assistant and one-time girls coach at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School, was announced as Sequoyah’s girls basketball coach on Monday.
“Sequoyah is an area very similar to the area I grew up,” said Beaty, raised in Jamestown, Tenn. “It’s small-knit, a lot of pride. They’re close to home. I don’t have to move. I can continue to live where I live in Maryville and go there. Nothing hurts the fact they’ve had success.”
Beaty, 39, replaces Eddie Gambrell, who resigned in March amid an “unfortunate situation” of which neither he nor Sequoyah administrators elaborated. Beaty takes over a program on the heels of consecutive Class AA state sectional appearances.
“Obviously, these girls and this community have things going right,” Beaty said. “And that’s good. Expectations are high, and nobody’s expectations are as high as mine. They expect to win, and I’m excited for that challenge.”
Beaty returns to coaching after four-year break. He last served as an assistant on Mark Eldridge’s boys basketball staff at Maryville from 2007-2011. His only girls basketball experience came during the 2006-07 season, when he guided a struggling Gatlinburg-Pittman program to a 13-12 finish to earn district coach of the year honors.
“I have still been at Maryville teaching (since I left coaching),” Beaty said. “I just had to battle through some personal and family issues, so I got out of coaching. I had to readjust, but I’m ready to get back into it. My kids and family are intact, so it’s time to move forward.”
Beaty also served as a women’s basketball assistant at Maryville College, his alma mater, for one season after graduating, before joining the men’s staff for four more. He coached in five Division III NCAA Tournaments, and played in two more as a player for the Scots.