Athletic Director: Luke Beach, CAA
“We will be leaders on the playing field, in the classroom, and in the community.”- Mr. Luke Beach
Luke Beach joined Rochester High School as the interim Athletic Director in Winter 2013, after serving as the assistant Athletic Director during the previous year at Oxford High School. 2017-2018 marks his sixth year as an Interscholastic Athletic Administrator, and his fifth year in that capacity at Rochester.
Since his arrival at Rochester, Mr. Beach has made a conscious effort to focus on his student-athletes’ success in the community and the classroom as well as on the playing field. He has worked to bring strong character and leadership programs to the Rochester Athletic Department. This includes the Rochester Captains Club, which focuses on building character through leadership training and community service, as well as the Women in Leadership Lecture Series, where successful professional women from the community speak to the female student-athletes about the importance of athletics and the life lessons they learned from playing high school sports.
Rochester has also seen great success on the playing field under Mr. Beach’s leadership. The Falcons have won a plethora of Conference titles, eleven District titles, eleven Regional titles, three State quarter finalists, four State semifinalists, two State runner-ups, and three State championships in Competitive Cheer (2016 and 2017) and Girls Golf (2016).
Mr. Beach has made academics a cornerstone of the overall success of Rochester Athletics. The number of Academic All-State teams has increased every year since his arrival, reaching 17 Academic All-State teams (out of a possible 26 teams) in 2016-2017. To earn the Academic All-State recognition, a team must have a combined GPA between 3.2 and 4.0. The Girls Swim programs finished first overall in the state in 2017-2018, with a combined team GPA of 3.91. Under Mr. Beaches leadership, Rochester has also had six MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Finalists (2016 Ellen Wegener 2017 Sydney Asuncion, 2018 Kendall Jordan, Jenna Norgrove, and Karlyn Kelly), who were chosen as top scholar-athletes out of a pool of 1400 student-athletes. Kendall Jordan was selected an MHSAA and MIAAA Scholar-Athlete Scholarship winner in 2018.
Over the past five years, 76 Rochester student-athletes (including 18 in 2016-2017) have earned the opportunity to live out a dream and participate in collegiate athletics. Many of these student-athletes have participated at the Division I level, including two-time state individual wrestling champion (189 lb. division) Shwan Shadia (Michigan State University), and McDonald’s All-American and current Boston Celtic James Young (University of Kentucky).
Mr. Beach works hard to ensure that Rochester’s student-athletes have the proper equipment, uniforms, and safe facilities to promote player safety and athletic success. The Rochester Booster Club has been transformed since his arrival and now generates much-needed funding for Rochester’s athletic teams. The Booster Club and its volunteers work tirelessly to provide necessary monetary contributions towards equipment, uniforms, and facility improvements. Mr. Beach also helped orchestrate a partnership with Under Armour Apparel to improve the uniform inventory of Rochester’s teams, and to help establish a brand for the department.
Mr. Beach was just named to the inaugural 2018 40 Under 40 Class by Coach and Athletic Director Magazine. Mr. Beach was also named the 2017 Varsity Brands National Outstanding Athletic Director. Currently, Mr. Beach serves as the Chair of the Oakland Activities Association Football Media Day, which he proposed and created in 2014. He also serves as the Chair of the Oakland Activities Association committees on Cross County, Track, and Competitive Cheer. In addition, Mr. Beach serves on the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Scholarship Committee. He is a member of the Oakland County Athletic Directors Association, as well as the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
A native of Chesapeake, Ohio, Mr. Beach earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology from Ohio University in 2007. In 2013, he earned his Master of Science in Athletic Administration from Ohio University. Before moving to Michigan, Mr. Beach worked as a Behavioral Specialist for Orange County Schools in Hillsborough, North Carolina. He has also held a variety of coaching positions, including middle school Boys and Girls Basketball and Track, high school Girls and Boys Basketball, and Strength and Conditioning.
Mr. Beach currently resides in Rochester Hills, Michigan with his wife Karen and their daughter Rosalie.
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Rochester, MI 48307
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