Pentucket coach John McNamara often comments that he would not be the coach he is today without the support of his staff, particularly in the daughter-father combo of Amy and Bob Beaton.
A seventh- and eighth-grade English teacher at Dr. A.B. Consentino School in Haverhill, who just completed her master's degree Wednesday, Amy would seem to be an ideal candidate for any high school program looking for a new young head coach.
After a high school basketball career on the North Shore for Haverhill, she played college ball for Colby Sawyer up in New Hampshire. But beyond her own game, the 26-year-old Beaton has served under one of the North Shore's most successful programs for the past five years.
"She's a great role model for the kids, someone they can relate to because she's been there and done it," said McNamara of his fiery assistant. "When we have her suit up for practice with us, she's probably the toughest kid on the court when she plays.
"When she practices with us, it's amazing to watch; that's why she's such a great role model," John said. 'She's going for her master's, she's a teacher, she's a young adult, she's got that fire and passion, and she shows kids its OK for a female to go out there and compete, because sometimes girls don't like to compete against each other. They think they're going to offend somebody, and she just shows them it's fine. You can still be friendly off the court, but you can compete on the court. I think somewhere down the road she's going to look at being a head coach, and she's going to be a good one, as well."