B.J. Queen has coached football in various school districts throughout central Ohio, including the last four seasons as a head coach at a pair of small, private high schools.

He’s also been a teacher at Columbus West the last three years, so when the Beechcroft coaching job came open in early January, it was an opportunity he was interested in exploring.

On March 17, he stepped down after one season as Grove City Christian’s coach to become the Cougars’ coach.

“I’ve known about the success at Beechcroft High School for a long time,” Queen said. “They’ve caused teams all kinds of havoc on defense over the years and have always had great athletes. They’ve got a great tradition.”

Queen began his coaching career in 1996 as a graduate assistant at Mount Union and led Pandora-Gilboa to an 8-12 mark from 2006-07 and Upper Sandusky to a 3-7 finish in 2008. He also has had stints as an assistant at Watkins Memorial, Fairbanks, Reynoldsburg and Grandview.

Queen coached Fairfield Christian to an 11-20 record from 2013-15 that included a Division VII playoff berth in 2013.

Last fall, he took over a Grove City Christian program that had gone 0-10 in 2015 and led it to a 1-9 finish.

Queen replaces Trevor White, who now coaches Central Crossing after leading Beechcroft to a 28-7 mark in three seasons. The Cougars reached a Division III regional semifinal and finished 10-2 last fall.

Beechcroft won the City League-North Division title in each of White’s seasons as coach.

Ray Giesege, who was an assistant under Queen at both Fairfield Christian and Grove City Christian, will be the Cougars’ offensive coordinator.

“There’s a lot of tradition (at Beechcroft) with expectations of winning, and my goal is to continue that,” Queen said.