Letter to Highline Athletes from
Athletics Director John Dunn
(March 23, 2020)
During this time of uncertainty I just wanted check in to see how each of you are doing and let you know that Laura, your coaches and I are working through all of the issues that will be facing you during spring quarter and beyond. Please understand that our number one priority is you, the student-athlete. For the spring athletes, we will be contacting you through your coaches to let you know what your options will be moving forward. So for now, try to be patient, stay focused on your academics, and do your part to socially distance yourself from others. Remember, what is right isn’t always popular and what is popular isn’t always right. Be the example, lead, and help those around you.
Thank You for Being a T-Bird!
Sincerely, John Dunn
Athletic Director, Highline College
Big Change in Highline Wrestling
Chad Beatty Takes Over as Head Coach
For the first time in 20 years the Highline Wrestling program welcome a new head coach. Chad Beatty, who wrestled at Iowa under the legendary Dan Gable, will be taking over for the 2019/20 wrestling season. Beatty comes to Highline with experience as an assistant and head coach at the high school and college level. In starting his new position, in an interview with the Thunderword, the Highline College student newspaper, Beatty stated that regarding recruiting that it “at small colleges is almost always the biggest challenge. Luckily for us, Highline is the most diverse college in the state and offers a bunch of degrees to choose from. Our goal is to recruit athletic kids and prove that they can accomplish their goals here, in state.”
Beatty was a two-time high school state champion in Iowa, winning three individual conference titles and setting multiple state records. At Iowa he was a two-time NCAA qualifier, posting a 50-25 career record and was a member of three NCAA and Big Ten champion Iowa teams. After college he coached at Forest Grove High School (Oregon) for five years as well as serving as Director of Wrestling Operations at the Washington State Wrestling Association.
Beatty will be replacing the head coach Scott Norton, who is leaving after 20 years as head coach of the wrestling team. Norton leaves behind an impressive legacy of both wrestling and academic excellence for his teams. In addition to the over 30 All-Americans he coached, his teams won the NJCAA National Academic Championship four times in the last ten years, more than any other NJCAA team. Norton, along with long-time lead assistant coach Brad Luvaas, spoke of their focus on academics so their student-athletes could successfully transfer and continue their athletic and educational pursuits at a four-year college or university.