Former Cougar player succeeds Jared Manning


A 2009 Greenfield-Central graduate, Isaac Beal is the Cougars' new boys soccer coach.

GREENFIELD — Whether it was at Greenfield-Central High School or Huntington University, Isaac Beal was considered a coach on the soccer field. His achievement of captaincy at both stops speaks to that.

Now, Beal will take his turn coaching from the sideline.

The G-C school board confirmed Beal as the next leader of the varsity boys soccer program Friday morning. He takes over for Jared Manning, who is succeeding the retiring Kevin Horrigan as athletic director.

Beal, a 2009 G-C graduate who went on to play four years for coach Russ Lawson’s Foresters, has been involved with the Cougars’ program for the last 10 years as a player, volunteer coach and assistant coach under Manning.

“I love the soccer program here,” said Beal, who turns 24 next month. “I’ve been apart of it for almost a decade. I played on one of the first-ever middle school club teams in the fall of 2004 and I’ve been a part of the process through the last decade. I played four years and came back as a volunteer assistant to be a part of the program. I wanted to continue to be a part of it and I wanted to bring my experience to the table and lead these athletes. I want to continue to be a part of Greenfield-Central soccer.”

Beal, who graduated from Huntington in 2013 with major in mathematics and a minor in coaching, is an instructional assistant for the special education department at GCHS. He expects to remain in that position for the 2014-15 school year, though he did spend the final 10 weeks of this past school year filling in for a mathematics teacher on maternity leave.

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