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Winnacunnet hoop coach Beattie resigns

Ed Beattie, who guided the Winnacunnet of Hampton girls&#'; basketball program to seven state titles during his 32-year tenure, confirmed Wednesday night he submitted his letter of resignation to athletics director Carol Dozibrin on Tuesday.

&#';I don&#';t want to have a conversation about my reasons to resign at this point,&#'; said Beattie from his home. &#';I&#';m not at liberty to talk about it now. I&#';m going to leave it as a closed subject.&#';

Dozibrin said Beattie submitted his resignation to her by letter on Tuesday.

&#';Yes, he has resigned and his position is now open based on the letter,&#'; said Dozibrin.

Beattie did want to acknowledge the relationships he made through his coaching position over the years.

&#';You make good friends, both on and off the court,&#'; he said. &#';Relationships are lasting. It&#';s always difficult starting something and always difficult leaving something you love to do. I especially want to thank my athletes, former and current, for the tremendous effort they made towards making our program a successful one.&#';

Beattie (519-173, 30 years as head coach) guided the Warriors to an NHIAA record-tying five consecutive Division I titles (2007-11), matching Nashua&#';s run (1985-89) under John Fagula, currently the head coach at Londonderry. During the five-year championship reign, Winnacunnet carved out an 84-game winning streak.

Beattie also coached Winnacunnet to basketball titles in 1984 and 1998.

He also served as the school&#';s head girls&#'; soccer coach for 16 years. He was the school&#';s first soccer coach for 11 years, winning a state title in 1983. His second coaching stint lasted five years.

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