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October 17. 2012 10:17PM

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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