When local Subway® restaurants asked which youth sports coach best represented the positive on- and off-the-field values that would forever shape local youth – one baseball and football coach stood out.
Surrounded by his smiling team and parents, Coach John Beasley of James Island was awarded the title of the 2017 Subway® Standout Coach, a silver whistle and $100 Subway® Card and a catered team meal for his dedication to young athletes in the Lowcountry.
30 plus years of coaching
Beasley said he stopped officiating high school football games, which he enjoyed, so he could spend quality time with his three sons, JJ, Jesse and Aaron.
In 1987, he started coaching his oldest son JJ in tee ball through the City of Charleston Recreation Department at the James Island Recreation Complex. More than 30 years later, he is still going strong and is assistant coach for his grandson’s baseball team the Cottonmouths, who celebrated winning the 9-10 league championship.
“Just to be able to put time in coaching your children and grandchildren – you can’t get a better heart than that,” said Robin Cooper, athletic superintendent for the City of Charleston. “The City of Charleston can’t do what we do without all of the coaches and somebody like Coach Beasley who’s going to stick with it for 32 years.”
Father and Son coaching team
John and JJ have been a father-son coaching team for the past six years and JJ nominated his father for the Subway Standout Coach Award. “He has given countless volunteer hours to James Island Recreation Center, and helped form and change the lives of generations of kids on the Island,” JJ said of his dad.
The Subway® Standout Coach program accepted nominations in May for volunteer coaches who excel in leadership, sportsmanship, community spirit, and are dedicated to health and fitness. The program provides the local sub shops with a way to give back to the community and support local teams.
”Coaching youth sports is a very special thing to do… It takes a special person to do it for quite as long a time. We just want to recognize that effort. We congratulate Coach Beasley and thank [him] for being a positive influence in childrens’ lives for years,” said local Subway® owner Rob Roy MacGregor, who presented Coach Beasley with his award at the Bayview Farms Pool House.
Honoring local coaches
Four runner-up coaches were also awarded a $50 Subway® Card for their excellent support of community athletics:
· Steve Campbell of the James Island Bulldogs baseball team
· Brian Coleman of the Carolina Rebels travel ball team in Berkeley County
· Chad Glasscock of the 7-8 Thunderbirds baseball team at James Island Recreation Center
· Mike Ladd of the James Island 7 Blue Ion Team, girls 8 and under soccer
“They love sports and loved playing,” said Tutti Beasley, Coach John Beasley’s wife. “It was something they enjoyed doing and it became a family thing. We were on the ballfield. So many things children learn in sports like discipline and loyalty transfer in life.”