AUSTIN, Texas — According to online jail records, former Texas Tech Head Basketball Coach Chris Beard was arrested Monday morning in Travis County. More recently Beard has been the head coach for the University of Texas.

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The Austin Police Department issued an update Monday afternoon, saying in part, officers responded to a disturbance shortly after midnight.

“APD officers responded and located a woman who stated she had been assaulted and strangled by Christopher Michael Beard,” a police statement said.

Officers arrested Beard on a charge of Assault on Family/Household Member. The charge was listed a third-degree felony. Beard was booked at 4:18 a.m.

After the news broke, the University of Texas said, “The University is aware of the situation regarding Chris Beard. We are continuing to gather information and monitoring the legal process.”

Austin Police provided the following update Monday afternoon.

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On December 12, 2022, at approximately 12:15 a.m., the Austin Police Department (APD) received a 9-1-1 call for a disturbance in the 1900 block of Vista Lane. The caller reported the disturbance was no longer ongoing and one of the individuals had left the house. APD officers responded and located a woman who stated she had been assaulted and strangled by Christopher Michael Beard.

Beard was booked into Travis County Jail. He is charged with Assault by Strangulation/Suffocation – Family Violence, a third degree felony.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Austin Police Department at 512-974-TIPS. You may submit your tip anonymously through the Capital Area Crime Stoppers Program by visiting or by calling 512-472-8477.


Beard remained in custody until mid-afternoon Monday when he was able to post a $10,000 bond to get out while the case is pending.

The UT Longhorns have a home game on Monday at 7:00 p.m. against Rice University.

Beard spent five seasons with the Red Raiders, before publicly announcing the return to his alma mater on April 1, 2021. Beard called it the most difficult decision of his life. Beard compiled a 112-55 record with TTU.

While in Lubbock, Beard led the Red Raiders to the 2019 national championship game, where they lost to Virginia.

Beard also served as head coach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Angelo State University, McMurry University, Seminole State College and Fort Scott Community College.