Tim Beckman

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Tim Beckman
Tim Beckman in 2009.jpg
Beckman in 2009 as Toledo head coach.
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Illinois
Conference Big Ten
Record 12–25
Biographical details
Born (1965-01-19) January 19, 1965 (age 50)
Berea, Ohio
Playing career
1984–1985 Findlay
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Auburn (GA)
Western Carolina (DB/RC)
Elon (DC/RC)
Bowling Green (AHC/DC)
Ohio State (CB)
Oklahoma State (DC)
Head coaching record
Overall 33–41
Bowls 0–2

Timothy David "Tim" Beckman (born January 19, 1965), is an American football coach and former player. He is the 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'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 of the Fighting Illini.

Prior to his stint with the Toledo Rockets, Beckman was the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State University. After two seasons there, in which the Cowboys posted a record of 16–10, Beckman left.[2] On December 4, 2008, Beckman was hired to replace Tom Amstutz, who resigned during the 2008 season.[3] Before joining the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Beckman coached at Ohio State under Jim Tressel and at Bowling Green, where he was a three-time nominee for the Frank Broyles Award.[2]

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. He scored a 14 on the ACT college board exam. He attended the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, 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. He went on to serve as a graduate assistant coach for the Auburn Tigers football team while he earned a master's degree in education from Auburn University.

Beckman is the son of David Beckman, a longtime NCAA, NFL, and CFL coach and scout.[4][2][5]

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–present)
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
2015 Illinois 0–0 0–0 (West)
Illinois: 12–25 4–20
Total: 33–41
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


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


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