Tim Beckman

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Tim Beckman
Tim Beckman in 2009.jpg
Beckman in 2009 as Toledo head coach
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1965-01-19) January 19, 1965 (age 52)
Berea, Ohio
Playing career
1984–1985 Findlay
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988–1989 Auburn (GA)
1990–1995 Western Carolina (DB/RC)
1996–1997 Elon (DC/RC)
1998–2004 Bowling Green (AHC/DC)
2005–2006 Ohio State (CB)
2007–2008 Oklahoma State (DC)
2009–2011 Toledo
2012–2014 Illinois
Head coaching record
Overall 33–41
Bowls 0–2

Timothy David Beckman (born January 19, 1965) is an American football coach and former player. He is a former head football coach at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He was hired on December 9, 2011, by Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas, after coaching at the University of Toledo for three years.[1]

Beckman was terminated by Illinois on August 28, 2015, seven days prior to the Illini's scheduled season opener, after numerous allegations of abuse of players surfaced.

Early life[edit]

Beckman attended high school at Forest Park High School in Beaumont, Texas, for two years before completing his secondary education at Berea High School in Berea, Ohio.

Beckman is the son of David Beckman, a longtime NCAA, NFL, and CFL coach and scout.[2][3][4]

He attended the University of Findlay, where he lettered on the football team for two years; in both years the Oilers qualified for the NAIA Football National Championship playoffs. He graduated from Findlay in 1985 with a degree in physical education.

Coaching career[edit]

Assistant coach[edit]

Beckman began his coaching career at Auburn as a graduate assistant under Pat Dye from 1988 to 1989. Auburn were SEC co-champions in those seasons, and Beckman earned a master's degree in education from Auburn. From 1990 to 1995, Beckman was secondary coach and recruiting coordinator at Western Carolina. He later became defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Elon, a position he would hold from 1996 to 1997.[2]

Beckman coached at Bowling Green as defensive coordinator and associate head coach from 1998 to 2004 and at Ohio State under Jim Tressel as cornerbacks coach from 2005 to 2006, where he was a three-time nominee for the Frank Broyles Award.[2]

Beckman was the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State University from 2009 to 2011. The Cowboys posted a record of 16–10 during those seasons.[2]


On December 4, 2008, Beckman was hired as the head coach at Toledo, to replace Tom Amstutz, who resigned during the 2008 season.[5] Beckman's teams at Toledo saw consistent improvement. The 2008 team he inherited went 3–9. In 2009, his first year as a head coach, his team improved to finish 5–7. In the following year, his team finished 8–5, 7–1 in the MAC, earning a berth to the 2010 Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl, which they lost 34–32 to the FIU Golden Panthers. In his final year at Toledo, Coach Beckman finished 9–4, 7–1 in the MAC to be West Division co-champions with Northern Illinois. This team earned a berth to the 2011 Military Bowl. However, Beckman left after the regular season to become the head coach for Illinois.


At Illinois, Beckman went 12–25 in three seasons, and only won four games in Big Ten play. In his third season, the Illini managed to qualify for a bowl with a 6–6 record, but lost 35–18 to Louisiana Tech in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

On August 28, 2015—just a week before what was to be his fourth season—Beckman was fired after the preliminary results of an internal investigation substantiated accusations of gross player mistreatment. Most seriously, the investigation found that he'd forced players to play through serious injuries and had the medical staff clear these players too soon. [6]

In a statement, Beckman called his ouster a "rush to judgment" that violated the terms of his contract, and stated that he intended to "vigorously defend both my reputation and my legal rights."[7]

On April 11, 2016, Beckman settled with the university for a one time payment of $250,000 with the decision of firing "for cause" due to the mistreatment of players standing. [8]

North Carolina[edit]

On August 24, 2016; Beckman was hired to serve as a volunteer assistant defensive coach for the North Carolina Tar Heels, working under head coach Larry Fedora. Beckman and Fedora have a working history together, having both served as assistant coaches on Mike Gundy's staff at Oklahoma State in 2007. However, after a firestorm of criticism, Beckman resigned from this position the next day, claiming he did not want to be a "distraction." It was later revealed that UNC chancellor Carol Folt had strongly objected to Beckman's presence, even in a volunteer role, once she learned about the arrangement.[9]



In 2013, a former Toledo football player, Kyle Cameron, sued Beckman, the University of Toledo, and five members of Beckman's staff at Toledo for negligence and for violating Ohio's anti-hazing law. Cameron's lawsuit and appeal were dismissed as the suit was filed through the incorrect division of the Lucas County Court. However, Cameron's legal counsel has asked the Supreme Court of Ohio to review the case.[10][11][12]


Prior to the start of the 2012 season, Beckman sent six Illinois assistant coaches to State College, Pennsylvania to recruit Penn State football players who the NCAA deemed eligible to transfer without missing playing time due to the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.[13][14] In October 2012 season, Illinois self-reported secondary violations to the NCAA as television cameras caught Beckman using chewing tobacco on the sidelines during a football game at Wisconsin.[15][16]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Toledo Rockets (Mid-American Conference) (2009–2011)
2009 Toledo 5–7 3–5 4th (West)
2010 Toledo 8–5 7–1 2nd (West) L Little Caesars Pizza
2011 Toledo 8–4[n 1] 7–1 T–1st (West) Military[n 1]
Toledo: 21–16 17–7
Illinois Fighting Illini (Big Ten Conference) (2012–2014)
2012 Illinois 2–10 0–8 6th (Leaders)
2013 Illinois 4–8 1–7 5th (Leaders)
2014 Illinois 6–7 3–5 5th (West) L Heart of Dallas
Illinois: 12–25 4–20
Total: 33–41
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ a b Beckman left for Illinois before the 2011 Military Bowl. Matt Campbell was appointed as the team's new head coach.

Coaching tree[edit]

Assistant coaches under Tim Beckman who became NCAA head coaches:


  1. ^ "Illinois name Toledo's Tim Beckman as new coach". Chicago Sun-Times. December 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Tim Beckman". Archived from the original on July 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ http://www.sj-r.com/article/20120826/News/308269981
  4. ^ http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-12-12/sports/ct-spt-1213-illinois-tim-beckman--20111213_1_toledo-offensive-coordinator-dave-beckman-head-coach
  5. ^ "Toledo hires Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Beckman as coach". Associated Press. December 4, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Illinois fires football coach Tim Beckman". Chicago Tribune. August 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Illinois football coach Beckman fired; 'firmly denies' accusations". Fox Sports. August 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ http://www.thechampaignroom.com/2016/4/12/11414200/tim-beckman-settlement-illinois-football-news
  9. ^ Carter, Andrew (2016-08-26). "Tim Beckman leaves volunteer post at UNC". The News & Observer. 
  10. ^ Hopkins, Jared S.; Ryan, Shannon (2015-05-12). "Former Toledo player brought suit against coach Tim Beckman and school". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  11. ^ "Former player sued Illinois coach Tim Beckman at Toledo". Sports Illustrated. 2015-05-13. 
  12. ^ Hinnen, Jerry (2015-05-13). "Tim Beckman named in ex-Toledo player hazing injury suit". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  13. ^ "Illinois coach doesn't regret recruiting Penn State players". USA Today. 2012-09-26. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  14. ^ Powers, Scott (2015-07-26). "Beckman not apologizing for recruiting PSU". ESPN. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  15. ^ Myerberg, Paul (2012-10-07). "Illinois coach commits violation with smokeless tobacco". USA Today. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  16. ^ "A Long But Probably Not Comprehensive List Of Embarrassing Tim Beckman Moments At Illinois". CBS Chicago. 2015-08-28. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 

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