September 1st was a sad day for Beach High School and the entire basketball community. Head boys coach, Russell Ellington passed away.
On Wednesday, the school hired Ellington's successor. They stayed in the bulldog family and hired Keith Simmons.
Simmons spent the past year coaching the Bulldog J.V. and 9th grade squad as well as teaching Math at the high school.
He brings with him experience and dedication to the athletes on and off the court.
Simmons graduated from Georiga Southern with a B.S. Ed in Mathematics Education.
He's more than thrilled to take over the reigns for the great coaching legend. And he doesn't plan to try and fill Ellington's shoes, he's trying on his own pair!
Says, Coach Simmons, "If you come in with the mind set that you take some of the things he did and established, and I keep that going but add my own twist to things. Then all you can do is hope for the best and see what you got. It's impossible to fill his shoes, if I tried that, there'd be a lot of sleepless nights."