New coach likes tradition of Huntsville basketball

Eddie Beck is the new seventh-grade girls coach at Huntsville.

Eddie Beck, recently hired as an assistant girls basketball coach, said he wanted to join the Huntsville staff because of the school’s tradition on the court.

Beck was hired recently by the Huntsville School Board as a coach and teacher. He will coach the seventh-grade girls team and help Marcus Aynes, another new coach, with girls in the eighth and ninth grades. Both will assist varsity Lady Eagles coach Greg McCone, who will succeed Charles Berry.

Beck comes to Huntsville from Midland High, a Class 1A school between Bald Knob and Batesville. He has spent the last five years there as boys coach. According to a profile on the school’s website, Beck also coached golf and track.

Beck will replace former seventh-grade coach Christi Sone.

“I wanted to come to a school that had a good basketball tradition like Huntsville,” he said. “I know they have a rich tradition. I wanted to be part of that.”

Beck said he helped with the pee-wee and junior high camps held recently in Huntsville. He and Aynes know each other from when they attended Arkansas Tech University in Russellville.

Beck graduated from Wonderview High School in 2006 and Tech in 2010 with a degree in health and physical education. He coached boys and girls basketball at Rural Special High School from 2010-2015, before taking over at Midland.

Beck said he knew of Berry, the former Huntsville girls basketball and Hall of Fame coach who retired after the past school year.

“I was familiar with the success from kind of far away,” he said. “I worked a couple of hours away from here, but whenever I heard Huntsville, I knew about the success he had here.”

Making the switch from boys basketball to girls should not be a problem, Beck said.

“My first five years, I was girls coach at Rural Special,” he said. “It’s a little different, but it’s still basketball. I enjoy doing both.

“Defensively, I’ll mix it up, play some man, play some zone ... offensively, it’s kind of (trying to) get them where they can make plays, get into the flow of games, just be basketball players and not be robots.”

One transition that won’t be difficult is playing basketball in a hot gymnasium. Beck said he’s never coached in a gym that had air conditioning, “so I’m kind of used to it.”

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