CCHS hires Best softball coach

Cannon County Schools is pleased to announce Mr. Billy Best as Credit Recovery Teacher and Head Softball Coach at Cannon County High School beginning with the 2018-2019 School Year.

Coach Best is new to the state of Tennessee. Before coming to Tennessee, he lived in Georgia, where he has been working as a teacher and a coach. Billy graduated from Peachtree Ridge High School in 2012 and went on to get his bachelor's degree from Georgia Gwinnett College while playing baseball.

After graduating in December 2016, Coach Best started teaching at Mountain View High School in January. Coach Best taught inter-related resource Math (Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry) and now teaches credit recovery at Cannon County High School.

Coach Best started coaching while in college. He first coached at his alma mater, Peachtree Ridge High School in Gwinnett County. Coach Best coached four years of football at Peachtree Ridge, coaching mainly running backs and quarterbacks. While coaching at Peachtree Ridge, he also coached baseball for three years, working with the varsity infielders and hitting. Coach Best then moved to Mountain View when he got a teaching job there and coached football and baseball for one year before moving to Tennessee.

Billy is the son of Lynne and Tom Best. He has two younger siblings Blake and Brittany. Blake is a football player at the University of Kentucky, and Brittany is a senior in high school. Coach Best recently got married to Ashley Beyke, who is a former college softball player. Ashley is a Tennessee native who pitched at Ravenwood High School before playing softball at Georgia Gwinnett College.

"We look forward to his teaching in the classroom, the impact of his character upon our student athletes, and his coaching abilities to aid our CCHS Softball program," Director of Schools William Curtis said.

CCHS Principal Courtney Nichols recommended him to me, Curtis said, and I have accepted his recommendation. Coach Billy Best has met with the CCHS softball players earlier, and will be meeting with Softball Parents week.

We are certainly very glad to announce this hire and are excited about the future of the CCHS Softball program. Welcome Coach Billy Best, Curtis added.