Graves County is looking for its second coach in a major sport in as many weeks.
After first-year football coach Morgan Cruce stepped down on Thursday, citing personal reasons, girls’ basketball coach Aaron Beth left his position on Tuesday morning to return home to Marshall County High School, where he went to school and where his father, Howard, was a longtime basketball coach.
Beth will, instead, be trading his basketball clipboard and whistle for a golf cart. He is expected later this week to be formally named the girls’ golf coach at Marshall County, replacing Stephanie Fisk, who left the position following the conclusion of the 2018 season.
Additionally, the transition will allow Beth to spend time with his wife, Leah, an assistant principal at Marshall County, and his three children: Trinity, 11; Fisher, 9; and Ella, 5.
“It’s really tough to leave my girls at Graves County,” Beth said in a phone interview with The Sun late Tuesday afternoon. “It was a great place to be. It was really tough decision to make. I want them to be successful. We had a really good run. It’s tough leaving a spot when you’re happy.”
Beth was 132-33 in five seasons with the Lady Eagles, winning five Third District championships in that time.
While Beth is excited about the talent that remains from the Lady Marshals’ team that won the First Region championship last season, returning three key players from that group, he’s also looking forward to having Trinity join the team in 2020, when she becomes as a seventh-grader eligible for varsity golf.
“I’m really glad it’s golf and not basketball,” Beth joked. “I can’t use the same voice on the course that I do on the court. I’ve been with her since she just started playing at five- or six-years old. This is the last year I’m going to be able to caddy for her. She’s going to have a lot of experience when she steps on to the course as a seventh-grader.”
For the last 40 years, he said, he’s been involved in some level with basketball – 15 years either playing for or coaching with his father, or coaching on his own the last 25 – admitting that it won’t be entirely easy to give up.
But, the time with his family, Beth said, more than makes up for it.
“I’m going to be able to spend time doing what I love to do, but with my kids,” he said. “I like to fish, hunt and golf. I’m sure I can find something to do with my time.”
A search is underway at Graves for Beth’s replacement.