On a night that saw outstanding student athletes honored, there was also some recognition for a longtime Escalon High School teacher and coach. A special ceremony on Thursday evening, Nov. 17 saw a special presentation and a standing ovation for Roger Beeman. He just completed the freshman football campaign, his last as head coach, with his resignation from that coaching role submitted along with leaving as head track and field coach.
“I’ve gotten to the point in my life that my jobs have some big numbers attached to them: 40 years of coaching, 34 years of teaching and 32 years of officiating,” Beeman said, “and 36 years of husband and 34 years of dad.”
Born and raised in Escalon, Beeman was a 1976 graduate of Escalon High. He left Escalon after graduation and went on to earn his AA from Delta, BA from Stanislaus, and MS from Washington State.
“I worked in Hollister for six years for my first full-time job before returning to Escalon in 1988,” Beeman added.
His coaching jobs have included: Riverbank High (football), Hughson High (track), Turlock High (basketball), Beyer High (volleyball, basketball), San Benito High (football, track), Rancho San Justo Middle School (wrestling, basketball, track), El Portal Middle School (track), Modesto Junior College (track), and Escalon High (football, basketball, track).
At Thursday’s awards night, Athletic Director Mark Loureiro praised Beeman for his dedication to the students and athletes alike, not only at Escalon, but throughout the valley.
“All four of his kids got into education, all got into coaching,” Loureiro pointed out of the role model Beeman was for his children, adding that “the sporting community at Escalon High School” will truly miss him and his influence.
“It’s been a fun ride,” Beeman agreed.
He turned in his letter resigning as Head Coach for Freshman Football and Track and Field in August.
“It’s time to get some new people involved,” said Beeman. “I hope to continue coaching in some capacity, but I would like less responsibility, maybe a little free time and a lot less time in the sun.”