Coweta Hall of Fame: Beaucham made impact as both player, coach

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Before he became the first head football coach in the history of both Northgate and The Heritage School’s programs, Ron Beaucham was a standout defensive lineman at Newnan High and Jacksonville State.

From Staff Reports
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Most Coweta County residents know Ron Beaucham as a football coach that helped bring programs at Northgate High and The Heritage School to life and put them on the road toward success.
But in essence, Beaucham left his mark on nearly every high school team in the area either as a standout player or a respected coach. It’s as much a reason why he will be among three new members of the Coweta Sports Hall of Fame.
Beaucham will be inducted along with William “Billy” Parker and Bob Tillman during the hall’s annual induction ceremonies on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Coweta Fairgrounds.
Tickets, which include dinner, are $25 and can be purchased by calling Elizabeth Crain at 770-253-1235.
An All-Star lineman at Newnan High under coach Max Bass in the mid 1960s, Beaucham went on to equal success in the Gulf South Conference at Jacksonville State before becoming a head coach.
Beacham was a junior in 1966 when Bass arrived at Newnan High to take over the football coaching reins from Charles Harris following a 2-8 season. Because he was a migrant student transferring from East Coweta — which didn’t play a full varsity football schedule until 1968 —Beaucham played on the Newnan junior varsity.
Yet he made his only varsity season pay off. During second-straight 9-1 year under Bass, Beaucham was selected to the Georgia High School All-Star Game and was awarded the “Bad Cat” by Newnan coaches in seven games designating the “hardest hit of the game.”
At Jacksonville State, Beaucham played for coach Charlie Pell and after being redshirted, the school’s 1969 season preview stated he “made as much progress as any on the club this past spring after an injury-plagued freshman season.”

During his sophomore season with the Gamecocks, Jacksonville State finished 10-0 and finished the year ranked No. 2 overall in the NAIA after defeating Florida A&M in the “Orange Blossom Classic.”

Beaucham established himself further as a junior in 1971 during a 6-3 year that included a 22-tackle effort against Delta State and 18 in a 10-7 win over Southeast Louisiana. The team’s media guide described him as “one of the strongest members on the team” and one that “could be all-star material.”

The success continued into his senior year, an 8-2 campaign where the team’s two losses both came by 5 points to Livingston (now West Alabama) 22-17 and Western Carolina 17-12.

Beaucham earned Honorable Mention All-American, All-District and All-Gulf South Conference while earning GSC Player of the Week honors following the team’s 31-0 win over Nicholls State.

Named a team captain, his coaches also voted Beaucham the team’s top defensive lineman for the second consecutive year.

Following graduation after earning a B.A. in Sociology in 1973, Beaucham worked as a graduate assistant while working on his Masters in Physical Education.

Beaucham’s first coaching job came at Bradwell Institute in Hinesville where he led the Tigers to a 26-11 record and three consecutive trips to the Class AAAA state playoffs including a berth in the semifinals his first season.

He also spent two years as had coach at Treutlen before becoming defensive coordinator under legendary coach Ed Pilcher at Thomas County Central. There he helped the Yellow Jackets win a state title in 1992 during the first of the school’s three consecutive trips to the Class AAA finals.

Beaucham eventually accepted an offer to come back to Coweta County as Northgate High’s first head football coach. The Vikings made the state playoffs three times in his seven years as head coach including an 11-2 record in 2000 while finishing tied for the best record in Region 5-AA while earning Coach of the Year honors.

In 2005, he was chosen to help start The Heritage School’s new varsity football program, coaching the Hawks from 2005-07.

Most recently, Beaucham was hired as an assistant at East Coweta where he coached linebackers the last two seasons.

Beaucham and wife Amy have a son, Charlie, and a daughter, Libba.



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