Chris Beard is in his fifth season as an assistant coach at Texas Tech University, after a wealth of coaching and recruiting experience from the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NAIA, and Junior College levels. His duties for Coach Bob Knight include recruiting and on-the-floor coaching.
In Beard's four years under Coach Knight, the Red Raiders have won 90 games, the best four year stretch in school history and the first time Texas Tech has won 20 or more games in four consecutive seasons. The Red Raiders have advanced to post-season play every year, including three NCAA Tournaments and one NIT final four. Tech finished 22-11 last season and advanced to the Sweet 16.
Before joining Coach Knight¹s staff at Texas Tech, Beard was the head basketball coach at Seminole State College in Oklahoma during the 2000-2001 season. His SSC team posted a 25-6 record and was nationally ranked in the NJCAA poll throughout the year, finishing the season ranked #14 in the country.
In the 1999-2000 season, Beard was the head basketball coach at Fort Scott Community College, leading the Greyhounds to their best season in over a decade with a 19-12 record and regional tournament bid in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference. In two seasons as a head coach, Beard accumulated a 44-18 record and advanced to two post-season regional tournaments. Equally impressive, eighteen of Beard¹s players received four-year university scholarship offers, including nine to NCAA Division I schools.
During the 1997-1999 seasons, Beard was an assistant coach at the University of North Texas under head coach Vic Trilli. UNT¹s 1998 and 1999 recruiting classes both received national attention.
Beard was an assistant coach at Abilene Christian University in 1996-97 under head coach Shanon Hays. As recruiting coordinator, he helped sign a recruiting class that was nationally ranked among NCAA Division II schools. ACU finished the season with a 15-12 record and advanced to the Lone Star Conference post-season tournament.
In 1995-96, Beard was a graduate assistant coach at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas under head coach Danny Kaspar. He helped lead UIW to a 20-9 season and Heart of Texas Conference Championship.
Beard is a 1995 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. During his stay in Austin, he worked as a student assistant for head coach Tom Penders, Beard completed his master¹s degree in education from Abilene Christian University in 1998.
Born in Marietta, Georgia and raised in Irving, Texas, Beard graduated from McCullough High School in The Woodlands, Texas, where he played for Coach Terry Priest. Chris and his wife, Leslie, live in Lubbock with their two daughters, Avery (5 years) and Ella (3 years).