GOING HOME: Texas Tech’s Chris Beard to lead UT men’s hoops

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A Texas Ex and former Longhorn student assistant, Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard will be the next leader of the Texas men’s basketball program, sources tell Inside Texas.

Stadium’s Jeff Goodman was the first to report the news.

Beard, 48, takes over the Longhorns after a successful stint in Lubbock, including a national championship game appearance in 2019 and an Elite Eight in 2018. The Red Raiders won the Big 12 Regular Season championship in 2019, their first regular season title in over 20 years.

Beard went to McCulloch High School in The Woodlands and graduated from Texas with a BS in kinesiology in 1995. During his time in Austin, Beard worked as a student assistant for former Longhorns head coach Tom Penders.

He worked under the legendary Bobby Knight as an assistant coach at TTU for seven seasons, and as associate head coach under Pat Knight for three seasons. After one year as a head coach in the modern version of the ABA, Beard took his the head coaching job at McMurry. He spent one season there before jumping into the Division II ranks at Angelo State, then joined the Division I ranks as head coach of Little Rock.

The Trojans won both the Sun Belt Regular Season and Tournament championships in Beard’s only season leading Little Rock, and won a game in the NCAA Tournament. When Tubby Smith left for Texas Tech for Memphis, the Red Raiders called Beard to return to Lubbock in 2016.

Under Beard, the Red Raiders produced a third-team AP All-American in Keenan Evans in 2017-18, and a second-team AP All-American in Jarett Culver in 2018-19. Evans and Culver were the third and fourth players to be named to an AP team in program history.

Two Texas Tech players were selected in the NBA Draft during his time in Lubbock. Zhaire Smith was the No. 16 pick in the 2018 draft, and Culver was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 draft.

Beard has tons of in-state ties dating back to his high school days. Known for his tenacious defense and demanding style, Beard gets to do something few ever do; coach at his alma mater.

Beard has three daughters, Avery, Ella, and Margo.

NCAA Regional – Final Four (2019) Big 12 regular season (2019)Sun Belt regular season (2016) Sun Belt Tournament (2016)
AP National Coach of the Year (2019)CBS Sports Coach of the Year (2019)2× Big 12 Coach of the Year (2018, 2019) Sun Belt Coach of the Year (2016)Lone Star Coach of the Year (2015)

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