BEAVERTON – Beaverton High School softball coach Aaron Wentworth will be inducted into the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame (MHSSCA) in early 2021. The ceremony normally takes place during the winter coach’s clinic, but will be conducted virtually this year due to COVID restrictions. Wentworth has been part of the varsity program at Beaverton for 20 years after serving as junior varsity coach for 10 years.
Wentworth first became involved with the Beaverton High School program in 1992 when he was student teaching at the high school. Dan Whitmer was making the move from junior varsity coach to varsity coach opening up the position. Wentworth applied for and got the job and has worked with Whitmer, a member of the Beaverton Athletic Hall of Fame, ever since. The two have been working together as varsity co-head coaches for the last 20 years. During that time they have won seven Jack Pine Championships and four District titles. They are each credited with close to 600 wins.
Wentworth started working full time with the district in 1993 after attending Ferris State University and Central Michigan University. His first full time position was as the In-school Suspension teacher before transitioning into the regular classroom as a social studies teacher. He is currently teaching government, economics and U.S. History. His wife Melody is also a teacher. She is an Instructional Coach at Gladwin Intermediate School.
“My wife has been great,” he said. “When our kids were young it was tough to continue coaching. Thankfully I had a supportive spouse that allowed me to continue. I owe her everything for that, it wasn’t easy when the kids were young.” The Wentworth’s have two children, Marley and Max. Marley is a nursing student at Saginaw Valley State and was involved in community plays and choir. Max is going to Mid Michigan and plans to study Mortuary Science. He played soccer, basketball and baseball at Gladwin High School.
The MHSSCA sponsors many activities for coaches and players. They host a coach’s clinic every winter and an All Star game for seniors every summer. They also pick the All State teams for each Division at the end of the season. Wentworth is an active participant with the association particularly the All Star games and All State teams.
“We have been very blessed to have some really good athletes come through Beaverton over the last 30 years,” said Wentworth. “Their parents have also been wonderful making our jobs easier by getting their girls involved in travel ball so that they can get better. We appreciate all the parents and all of their hard work and all of the great kids we have had.” He also mentioned that they have been lucky with the school administration. “We have had a long line of good athletic directors including our current one, Jennifer Johnston, who has been fantastic.”
The Beavers should be one of the favorites in the Jack Pine Conference this year. They were young in 2019, when they last played. This year it will be a veteran club that takes the field looking for the eighth Jack Pine championship under Wentworth and Whitmer.