Chris Beard is an American basketball coach who currently stands as the head men's basketball coach at the University of Texas at Austin. Earlier, he served at Texas Tech, Little Rock, Angelo State, and McMurry. He is the recipient of the 2019 AP National Coach of the Year and 2× Big 12 Coach of the Year (2018, 2019).
Marietta, Georgia native, Chris Beard was born on 18th February 1973, under the star sign Aquarius. The forty-eight years old holds an American nationality and is of white ethnic background.
Beard signed a contract worth $5 million annually with Texas as their head coach for the next seven seasons through March 2028.
Beard’s contract benefits him to make up to $850,000 total in performance bonuses with two dealer cars, 20 hours of private airplane use, athletic game tickets, as well as a one-time payment of $250,000 as a moving allowance.
The deals also pay Texas Tech, Beard’s previous school, a one-time payment of $4 million to buy out his contract with the Red Raiders.
At Texas Tech he had an annual salary of $4.5 million per annum.
As of 2021, Chris Beard's net worth is approximately $10 million.
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Beard is in a relationship with another coach, Randi Trew, the head coach at Frenship High School. She is a former Texas Tech volleyball player.
In 2019, Trew took to Twitter to announce their engagement, saying ”We don’t have a wedding date yet, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be in March." The couple started dating in 2017.
Trew frequently posts photos of the couple and compliments Beard on social media.
Beard has three daughters from a previous relationship.
Chris Beard began his coaching career serving as a graduate assistant at Texas. Further, he served at Incarnate Word (1995-96), Abilene Christian (1996-97), and North Texas (1997-1999) as an assistant.
In 1999, Beard was hired as head coach at Fort Scott Community College. There he led the team to a 19–12 record and its first winning season in 8 years.
Further, Beard became the head coach at Seminole State College in 2000.
In 2001, Beard was hired as an assistant and later associate head coach at Texas Tech.
In 2011, Beard became the head coach for the South Carolina Warriors of the American Basketball Association.
He then joined McMurry University in Abilene, Texas where he served one year.
In March 2013, Beard signed to Angelo State, serving two seasons as head coach and recording 47–15.
On 8th April 2015, Beard became the head coach of Arkansas-Little Rock.
In 2016, he also had a stint with UNLV.
From 2016-2021, Beard was a head coach at Texas Tech, earning NCAA Regional – Final Four (2019), Big 12 regular season (2019), Sun Belt regular season (2016), and Sun Belt Tournament (2016).
On 1st April 2021, Beard was hired as the 25th head coach in Texas.
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