Simpson’s team was an offensive power while topping four goals 14 times, but turned up the defense in a remarkable run to the Panthers’ first Divisoin 1 North championship. She gave credit to the team’s seniors and assistant coaches Adrienne Baker and Monica Cassola, who are both also former Beverly players.
A 2000 graduate of Beverly High, Simpson also graduated as the leading scorer from Indiana-Purdue. She took over as Panthers head coach at age 22 and lives in Beverly with her husband, Pingree and Aztec coach Dushawne “Doc” Simpson, and their children, Jaydin and Jordan.
GOLF COACH OF THE YEAR
It’s hard to imagine Kevin Keilty’s first season at the helm of the Beverly golf program working out any better. He inherited a team with talent, but only a partial commitment level. He immediately set out to change that culture — and his players responded quickly. The result was a fantastic 13-2-1 overall record and a 10-0 mark in the Northeastern Conference.
The Panthers captured the NEC Large title in the process and advanced to the Division 2 North sectional tournament, placing third to narrowly miss moving on to the state finals.
“They finally put the effort into committing to a new system that demanded more out of each player,” Keilty said.
This season was Keilty’s first as a varsity head coach. The 32-year-old Beverly High teacher spent the previous five falls coaching the JV golf team at Salem under head coach Tom Doyle. Keilty has also been an assistant varsity basketball coach under Doyle for the Witches for the past nine years.
He credits Doyle for teaching him how to coach, and also wishes to thank Beverly Principal Sean Gallagher, Athletic Director James Coffey and assistant coach Tim Reynolds. Most of all, Keilty is thankful for his players.