Beech High School has named its gym floor in honor of long-time teacher and coach Billy “Boots” Scott.  ZACH WOMBLE

Former Beech High School coach Billy “Boots” Scott will be remembered next month when the school dedicates its gym floor in his honor.

The Sumner County Board of Education voted unanimously Dec. 3 to approve the honor. 

Scott, 77, died Oct. 15 after battling pancreatic cancer. 

School Board member Sarah Andrews, who represents District 4, first brought the idea up at a School Board study session on Nov. 5. 

Andrews noted that the gym floor was currently in the process of being re-done and that Beech High School Principal Kenny Powell asked if the beloved coach could be recognized for his many contributions to the school. 

A native of Old Hickory, Tenn., Scott started his teaching and coaching career in 1971 at Hawkins Middle School. In 1980 he transferred to Beech High School when the school first opened. Scott started out coaching the school’s golf and boys’ basketball teams. He coached golf until his retirement in 2000. 

Scott coached boys’ basketball from 1980-1991 and again from 1994-1996. He was the girls’ basketball coach from 1991-1996. 

During his two decades at Beech, Scott accumulated 320 victories that included five district championships, five regional championships and three state tournament appearances. His team was state runner-up in 1983, and Scott was awarded District Coach of the Year five times.

Scott was also inducted into the Beech High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.

A dedication ceremony will be held at the gym on Tuesday, Jan. 21 during the Beech versus Hendersonville basketball game. 

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