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Former ESPN Huntington Co-Host Luke Beach Honored as HS AD/Year

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HUNTINGTON — The Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards Show on varsitybrands.com/awards recently honored a former co-host of the First Sentry Bank Sportsline on ESPN Huntington 94.1 FM and AM 930 (wrvc.com). Luke Beach of Rochester High School in Rochester Hills, Mich. won the Outstanding Athletic Director of the Year.

Beach, a native of Chesapeake, Ohio who played multiple sports for the Panthers, including quarterback in football. He was part of the ESPN local sports show with Woody Woodrum and other guest hosts in the 2001-2011 era, hosts like author Eliot Parker, also an assistant professor at Mountwest Technical and Community College, Big Buck 101.5 program director Jason Toy, Alan Slater, who works with the NFL and Cincinnati Reds in the production trucks or in the booths, and Allen Smothers, today with his own sports show in South Carolina. Other high school ADs up for the award were from Kansas, Georgia, and Ohio.

Beach joined Rochester High School as the interim Athletic Director in the winter of 2013, after serving as the assistant Athletic Director during the previous year at Oxford High School.  2016-2017 marks his fifth year as an Interscholastic Athletic Administrator, and his fourth year in that capacity at Rochester.

Since his arrival at Rochester, Beach has made a conscious effort to focus on his student-athletes’ success in the community and the classroom as well as on the playing field.  He has worked to bring strong character and leadership programs to the Rochester Athletic Department.

This includes the Rochester Captains Club, which focuses on building character through leadership training and community service, as well as the Women in Leadership Lecture Series, where successful professional women from the community speak to the female student-athletes about the importance of athletics and the life lessons they learned from playing high school sports.

Rochester has also seen great success on the playing field under Beach’s leadership.  The Falcons have won a plethora of Conference titles, ten District titles, ten Regional titles, two State quarterfinalists, four State semifinalists, two State runner-ups, and three State championships in Competitive Cheer (2016 and 2017) and Girls Golf (2016).

Mr. Beach has made academics a cornerstone of the overall success of Rochester Athletics.  The number of Academic All-State teams has increased every year since his arrival, reaching 17 Academic All-State teams (out of a possible 26 teams) in 2016-2017.  To earn the Academic All-State recognition, a team must have a combined GPA between 3.2 and 4.0.  The Boys and Girls Swim programs finished second overall in the state in 2016-2017, with a combined team GPA of 3.88.

Beach earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology from Ohio University in 2007.  In 2013, he earned his Master of Science in Athletic Administration from Ohio University.  Before moving to Michigan, Beach worked as a Behavioral Specialist for Orange County Schools in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

He has also held a variety of coaching positions. Beach has worked as a coach of middle school Boys and Girls Basketball and Track, high school Girls and Boys Basketball, and Strength and Conditioning programs.

Beach currently resides in Rochester Hills, Michigan with his wife Karen and their daughter Rosalie.

Luke Beach at Rochester Signing Day (13 players sign LOI)-MIPREPZONE

Luke Beach (middle) poses with his student-athletes on signing day for Letters of Intent. 13 Rochester (Mich.) High School student-athletes signed in a variety of school on this signing day party for the school, families, and friends. (courtesy Rochester High School)

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About Woody Woodrum

Senior Editor and columnist/writer for Herd Insider since 2003, with Kindred Communications on radio for Marshall football/men's basketball pregame and postgame shows since 1996 and with First Sentry Bank Sportsline (Also Scott on Sports, Sideline Sports and Herd Insider Sportsline) since 1997. Married to Liz (12-22-1990) and one son, Tre' (11-7-1997). National Sportswriters & Sportscasters West Virginia Broadcaster of the Year winner for radio, 2000; won W.Va. Broadcasters Best Talk Show in 2013 with co-host Paul Swann and W.Va. Broadcasters Best Play-by-Play in 2015 with Jason Toy (Huntington at South Charleston, state AAA semifinals). Member of (College) Football Writers Association of America, (College) Basketball Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Color commentator for Marshall football (1999-2000), for Marshall basketball (2004-2016) and Marshall baseball (2004-2016). Color for high school football at Spring Valley (1999-2008), Cabell Midland (2009-2012) and Huntington (W.Va.) High School (2013-2016).

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