Former Payson High School football coach Jim Beall has been inducted into the Arizona Coaches Association Hall of Fame, joining former Longhorn coaches Dennis Pirch, Terry Nodlinski and Dan Reid who were inducted in earlier years.
Beall, the Longhorn coach from 1995 until his resignation at the conclusion of the 1999 campaign, left Payson to accept a coaching and teaching position at Higley High School, which was then newly built.
During his tenure at Payson, Beall’s team went winless the first year — but then improved dramatically. He later guided the Longhorns to the state semifinals in 1997, the state title in 1998 and a first-round state berth in 1999.
In 1998, he was named the state’s Coach of the Year.
Prior to arriving in Payson, he coached the Snowflake Lobos to a pair of state championships in the early 1990s.
Beall also served successful coaching stints in Mesa, Oklahoma and California.
While coaching at Higley, he came within a whisper of being the first coach in Arizona football history to win state championships at three different schools.
Last year at Higley, Beall, 60, coached the freshman team.
In being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Beall seized the opportunity to honor his father, Charlie, who had died just two weeks earlier at the age of 86.
Charlie Beall was an all-state athlete at Mesa High who went on to play at Arizona State and was eventually inducted into the City of Mesa Hall of Fame.