A former Falcon has returned to the nest.
Troy Beachy, 2002 Fairfield High School graduate, was hired as the school’s new boys basketball head coach at Thursday evening’s school board meeting.
“I knew at a young age that education and coaching were in my future,” he said. “Being the coach at Fairfield is a way for me to give back to this community which meant so much to me when I was growing up.
“I had great teachers and coaches here so when an opening in the math department came up it was a no-brainer to return. I also set the long-term goal of becoming boys basketball coach.”
He has been at Fairfield for the last three years, serving as a freshman and assistant boys basketball coach.
Beachy is replacing John Wysong who stepped down after last season. Wysong was at Fairfield for the past 10 seasons where he posted a 125-98 record. He guided the Falcons to the program’s first-ever regional title in 2006-07 and three of the program’s eight sectional titles.
“Basketball is always a work in progress,” Beachy said. “There will be some things we look at changing and other things we will keep.
“One of my first priorities will be defense and I’m not saying that because it’s not at the level it should be. It’s just one of the areas I emphasize. The defense will be mostly man-to-man, but a lot of that will be determined by the opposing team’s strengths and weaknesses.”
Beachy was selected from a field of over 20 candidates.
“First and foremost, Troy is an effective teacher,” said Fairfield Athletic Director Mark Hofer in a prepared statement. “He is well known throughout the area as one of the very best math teachers. This is important because a great coach must be able to teach his players the fundamentals and skills needed for success. Then he must be able to teach the strategies appropriate to their team’s level.
“Having observed Troy in the classroom and as a coach on the court, he has the skills we need in a varsity head boys basketball coach.”
Beachy is the seventh coach at Fairfield after the school was formed for the 1967-68 school year when New Paris and Millersburg schools were consolidated.
Other coaches have been Terry Rickard (1967-78), Wysong (1978-81), Glenn Swanson (1981-86), Steve Wiktorowski (1986-93), Larry Lael (1993-95), Scott Miller (1995-2001) and Wysong (2001-11).
Beachy began his coaching career as a student assistant in the baseball program while attending Indiana Wesleyan University. He also worked with a youth basketball league at Madison-Grant (Fairmount).
After graduating from college, he took a teaching and coaching position at John Glenn, working for long-time coach Gordon Mosson and JV coach Travis Hannah who eventually took over the program.
Beachy appeared in nine games but didn’t score for a 19-6 Falcon team as a sophomore. He tossed in 165 points for a 9-12 squad as a junior and 189 for a 14-8 team as a senior as FHS defeated Westview 73-70 in double overtime in the championship of a Class 2A sectional. Beachy netted 11 points in the sectional thriller. His career scoring high was a senior when he tossed in 21 points in a 53-44 win over the Northridge Raiders.
“The Fairfield program has a lot of tradition and I grew up watching it,” he said. “I remember being in sixth grade and watching Brodie Garber and Ryan Sark lead us to a sectional championship at Goshen (50-49 over NorthWood in the single-class tourney).”
Beachy also played baseball at Fairfield for Garber.
Beachy will be taking the Falcons into a new era as Fairfield moves up to Class 3A in basketball for the 2011-12 season, following the most recent reclassification by the IHSAA. Fairfield will compete against Lakeland, NorthWood, Tippecanoe Valley, Wawasee and West Noble at the sectional level.
“Moving up in class is something we have no control over,” he said. “But one thing that will make it a little easier is our playing a lot of schools in the Northern Lakes Conference (Wawasee, Concord, NorthWood, Goshen and Northridge). We have always looked at those games as a test of where our program is. Playing the NLC schools will give us an idea of the type of schools we will see in 3A.”
Troy and his wife Holly (Garber) Beachy have two children: a 3-year-old daughter Kylie and a 2-year-old son Drew.
Holly was also an athlete at Fairfield, playing volleyball for coach Carla Hershberger.