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Kenneth Beasley
Hometown: Natchez, MS
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Coach Ken Beesley was an outstanding championship football and baseball coach for 36 years at Natchez Cathedral High. A native of Natchez and a two-year baseball letterman at Natchez Adams County High, Ken was a three-year letterman, outstanding senior player, and an All SEC Western Division baseball star for Mississippi State. He launched his successful coaching career in 1970 and served his first 8 seasons at Natchez Cathedral as an assistant coach. He worked 29 years as head football and baseball coach and led the Green Wave football team to 7 district titles, one Capital Athletic Conference crown in 1980, and one South State championship in 1993. Coach Beesley guided the baseball squad to 18 district titles including a 12-year run from 1988 to 1999. His Green Wave diamond team won 3 South State titles in 1984, 1988, and 1997, and two state championships in 1982 and 1995. Overall, his football teams had a record of 203 wins, 112, losses and 1 tie while his baseball teams racked up 401 wins, 184 losses, and 1 tie. An eight-time Star teacher, Ken was named MAC Coach of the Year for baseball in 1982 and he served as all-star baseball coach in 1983. Coach Beesley served in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star football game as an assistant coach in 1994 and as head coach in the 1998 game. He was an assistant coach in the 1996 Mississippi/Alabama All-Star football classic. An MAC member since he joined the profession, Kenneth received the Amateur football award from the MS/LOU Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame in 2002. He was also inducted into the Crossroads Diamond Club Hall of Fame in 2002 for his outstanding service to the high school all-star baseball contest.