GUTHRIE — Just hours after the position became officially available, Guthrie defensive coordinator Kelly Beeby was promoted to head football coach Monday.
The Guthrie Board of Education approved the move at its regularly scheduled meeting, making a quick and smooth transition for the program following the departure of longtime coach Rafe Watkins.
Watkins was named head coach at Muskogee on Friday, but did not officially resign from Guthrie until Monday morning.
The news of his departure, however, allowed Guthrie administrators to spend the weekend forming a plan. That plan is to keep things as close to normal as possible by promoting Beeby, who has been at the school since 2004.
“We did something right,” Guthrie athletic director Gary Boxley said. “We need to keep the program going in the right direction and he is the right direction for us.”
Beeby spent two seasons as Chisholm’s head coach from 2002-2003.
He also served as the game-day coach in 2011 as Watkins served an eight-game suspension for violating Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association rules, which resulted in Beeby coaching the Bluejays in the Class 5A championship victory over Lawton MacArthur.
GuthrieSportsPage.com first reported the board’s decision. Boxley also said Beeby would be made available to the media after he meets with the team Tuesday.