Chris Beatty

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Chris Beatty
Sport(s) College football
Current position
Title Running Backs Coach
Team Virginia
Conference ACC
Biographical details
Born (1973-06-19) June 19, 1973 (age 42)
Topeka, Kansas
Alma mater Chantilly (VA) High School
East Tennessee State
Playing career
1991-1994 East Tennessee State
1995 Baltimore Stallions
1997 Hamilton Tiger-cats
Position(s) Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1998-2000 North Stafford HS
2001-2002 Salem HS
2003-2005 Landstown HS
2006 Hampton (OC/QB)
2007 Northern Illinois (RB)
2008-2010 West Virginia (RB/Slot WR)
2011 Vanderbilt (WR/RC)
2012 Illinois (Co-OC/QB)
2013 Wisconsin (WR)
2014 Wisconsin (WR/RC)
2015-present Virginia (RB/AHC)
Head coaching record
Overall 78-18
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
2004 Virginia High School State Championship
Awards
1994 All-Southern Conference WR
2004 Virginia High School League AAA Coach of the Year

Christopher Beatty (born June 19, 1973 in Topeka, Kansas) is an American football assistant coach. Beatty is currently the running backs coach for the Virginia Cavaliers football team. Beatty was formerly a professional football player in the Canadian Football League and a former school-record holder at East Tennessee State University as a wide receiver.

Early life[edit]

Christopher Beatty was born in 1973 in Topeka, Kansas, but grew up in Centreville, Virginia. Beatty attended Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Virginia, where he graduated in 1991. Upon his graduation, Beatty attended East Tennessee State.

From 1991 to 1994, he was a starter at wide receiver where he earned All-Southern Conference honors his senior season. He ended his career as the school's all-time leader in receiving yards with 1,813 yards on 125 receptions.[1]

Professional playing career[edit]

Following his graduation of ETSU with a bachelor's degree in 1995, Beatty moved on to play professional football in the Canadian Football League with the Baltimore Stallions. In 1997, Beatty played for the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats before retiring from his playing career.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

High school[edit]

Chris Beatty began his coaching career in 1998 with North Stafford High School in Virginia as the school's head coach. Beatty coached the Wolverines football team until 2000, when he moved on to Salem High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. After compiling a 38-16 record at North Stafford HS and Salem HS (and leading both schools to the state playoffs), Beatty moved on from Salem following the 2002 season.

From 2003 to 2006, Beatty coached Landstown High School in Virginia Beach. During his three-year tenure, Beatty led the team to three straight state championship games and a 40-2 record. The 2004 team won the Virginia 3-A state championship and earned a No. 9 national ranking with a 14-0 record, led by future college football and NFL player Percy Harvin.[3]

During his tenure at the high school ranks, Beatty compiled a 78-18 record at three different high schools. Beatty was named the 2004 Virginia High School League AAA Coach of the Year for his state championship team with Landstown High. Also during his prep tenure, he coordinated offenses that produced the top four passers in Virginia High School history and led the only two teams in state history to have a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard receiver, and a 1,000-yard rusher in the same season.

Hampton University[edit]

Chris Beatty left Landstown High School for the offensive coordinator and quarterback coaching position at Virginia's Hampton University in 2006. Beatty only stayed at Hampton for the 2006 season, but his team produced a 10-2 record and lost to New Hampshire 41-38 in the first round of the FCS playoffs. The team also won the Mideastern Athletic Conference championship with a 6-1 conference record. Boasting the No. 7 scoring offense in the FCS at 34.2 points per game, the 2006 team also produced a player drafted in the 2007 NFL Draft and six players who signed contracts with National Football League teams, four being offensive players coached by Beatty—including Dereck Faulkner, Onrea Jones and Marquay McDaniel.

Northern Illinois University[edit]

Following his 2006 stint at Hampton University, Beatty was offered and accepted the position as Northern Illinois' running backs coach for the 2007 season. Beatty's Huskies had previously had a player rush for over 1,000 yards in the previous eight seasons before his arrival, including the school leader and third-round NFL Draft selection, Garrett Wolfe, who departed the team the season before Beatty's arrival.

In Beatty's only season at NIU, the Huskies posted a 2-10 record. However, sophomore running back Justin Anderson rushed for 1,245 yards and 8 touchdowns in the season under Beatty. The 1,000-yard performance extended the school's record to nine consecutive seasons.

West Virginia University[edit]

After his season at Northern Illinois University as the team's running backs coach, Beatty was offered the same position at West Virginia University for new head coach Bill Stewart. Beatty accepted the offer and entered the spring coaching the running backs, led by sophomore Noel Devine, and the slot receivers, led by sophomore Jock Sanders.

Devine rushed for more than 3,600 yards under Beatty's guidance, and twice earning All-Big East Conference honors. The fleet-footed Devine concluded his Mountaineer career with more than 4,000 rushing yards, ranking fourth all-time in Big East Conference history. Devine also finished as West Virginia's all-time leader in all-purpose yardage.

Sanders ranked as one of the Big East's most productive receivers, catching 195 passes with Beatty as his mentor. Sanders concluded his career as West Virginia's all-time leading receiver - and second all-time in the Big East. He also posted a reception in 41 consecutive games.

The Mountaineer rushing attack also ranked among the Big East's best during all three of Beatty's years with the program.

Prior to the season's beginning, Beatty was successful in recruiting high school juniors, Logan Heastie and Tajh Boyd. Heastie, a five-star recruit and often considered the #1 receiver in the 2009 class, and Boyd, a four-star quarterback recruit, were from the Virginia-area where Beatty was assigned to recruit from and committed to the Mountaineers before the team's spring practices for 2008 began.[4] Shortly after the commitment from Boyd and Heastie, Beatty recruited Dominic Davenport, the #4 recruit from Virginia as a defensive end. The commitment marked Beatty for recruiting the #1, #3, and #4 prospects in Virginia in Boyd, Heastie and Davenport, respectively.[5]

Vanderbilt University[edit]

In January 2011 Beatty was hired as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt University by new head coach James Franklin.[6]

University of Illinois[edit]

On January 3, 2012 it was announced that Beatty was hired as assistant coach at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign by new head coach Tim Beckman. On January 5, 2013, it was announced that Beatty would not be retained for the coming season.[7]

University of Wisconsin[edit]

February 14, 2013 First-year Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen hires Chris Beatty as the Badgers' wide receivers coach.

University of Virginia[edit]

On January 14, 2015, Beatty became the running backs coach at the University of Virginia. He was recently promoted to assistant head coach for offense.[8]

Former Prominent Players Coached[edit]

First Name Last Name Position School Year(s)
Percy Harvin WR Landstown HS 2003-2005
Dereck Faulkner WR Hampton 2006
Onrea Jones WR Hampton 2006
Marquay McDaniel WR Hampton 2006
Justin Anderson RB Northern Illinois 2007
Noel Devine RB West Virginia 2008-2010
Will Johnson TE West Virginia 2008-2010
Jock Sanders RB-Slot WR West Virginia 2008-2010
Tavon Austin WR West Virginia 2009-2010
Stedman Bailey WR West Virginia 2010
Jonathan Krause WR Vanderbilt 2011
Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt 2011
Nathan Scheelhaase QB Illinois 2012
Jared Abbrederis WR Wisconsin 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football Record Book 2013" (PDF). ETSU Bucs Football. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Montoro, Mike (2008-01-11). "Football: Three Join Coaching Staff". MSN Sports. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  3. ^ Tucker, Kyle (2008-06-29). "The beat goes on for former Landstown coach Beatty". The Virginian Pilot. PilotOnline. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  4. ^ Boyd and Heastie set to star at WVU - Yahoo! Sports
  5. ^ WVU influence could grow in state of Virginia recruiting [http://www.dailymail.com/ap/ApTopStories/201012310447
  6. ^ PilotOnline.com
  7. ^ "Beckman Adds Three Coaches to Illini Staff". FightingIllini.com. 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  8. ^ Khurshudyan, Isabelle (2015-04-23). "QB Matt Johns is atop Virginia football depth chart after spring practices". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2015-07-21. 

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