Beauregard High School has hired former Headland head baseball coach Seth Nolen for the same position. Nolen replaces Evan Braun, who resigned after four seasons to become an assistant coach at Saraland.
Nolen’s hire was officially approved by the Lee County Board of Education during its Tuesday meeting.
Nolen comes to Beauregard after an 11-year stint at Headland. During that time, the Rams made the playoffs 10 times and won their area seven times. Headland advanced to the third round of the playoffs twice and the second round four times; five times the Rams lost in the postseason to the eventual state champions.
“A number of things (convinced me about coming to Beauregard),” Nolen said. “They've had some success here lately. It's closer to home and closer to mama and daddy. Coach (Evan) Braun and them have done a really good job of making that program a good program. They've really started turning it into a pretty good little program.
“From what I hear from everybody, we've got several guys coming back and got a chance to be a pretty good baseball team.”
Prior to arriving at Headland, Nolen spent two seasons at Daleville as an assistant coach with the football, baseball and basketball teams. He spent three years prior to that in the same roles at Geneva County High School.
Nolen attended Dadeville High School and played baseball, football and basketball for the Tigers. Following graduation, he played baseball at Central Alabama Community College.
Nolen’s father, Randy, was Dadeville’s baseball coach for 28 years before retiring after the 2016 season.
Nolen, who will also be an assistant football coach at Beauregard, said he’s already met most of the baseball team. As far as his vision for the program, Nolen is hoping to see more consistency on the diamond, particularly when it comes to area play.
“I told some of the kids today that my goal every year is to win the area title,” Nolen said. “Playoffs should not even be a question. The only question is did you win the area title? That's my expectation. I want it to be the kids' expectations, too.”
As important as on-the-field results are, Nolen also expressed how important his players growing in their personal lives is. He said he wants to build relationships with his team and to see them grow into young men who will one day become husbands, fathers and adult members of the community.
Nolen said he wants those around the Beauregard baseball program to understand that the kids come first in everything they do.
“I hope they see we hold the kids accountable, that we push them and work them hard but we also pat them on the back and tell them when they do well,” Nolen said. “I want these guys to be in their families and be a part of my family, to build those relationships and that trust with each other and continue to make this thing something very successful.
“Hopefully, we'll help turn this program into the envy of all the programs around.”
Nolen is one of three head coaching hires Beauregard has made this summer. Terry Welch will be the new girls basketball head coach, and Justin Johnson will coach the boys.