After five years at Texas Tech, Chris Beard is heading back to where his collegiate coaching career started: the University of Texas.
Beard was a graduate assistant from 1991-95 while earning his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at UT.
While at Tech, Beard went 112-55 overall. He reached the NCAA Tournament in the last three seasons (that had a tournament).
In 2017-18, the Red Raiders reached the Elite Eight. Then in 2018-19, Texas Tech reached the National Title game, but lost to Virginia. Finally, this season the team lost in the Round of 32 to Arkansas.
Beard is also a two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year and an Associated Press Coach of the Year award winner.
For Texas, they haven’t won an NCAA Tournament game since 2014. So, they’re excited to not only get a coach who made a title game recently, but steal Beard away from in-state foe Texas Tech.
However, Shaka Smart — who just left for Marquette — also came to Texas having reached a Final Four in his time at VCU. So, who knows what the future holds for the Texas Longhorns.
Beard had signed a six-year extension with Tech in 2019.