McMurry University head men's basketball coach Chris Beard has resigned his position with the War Hawks to become the new head coach for Angelo State University in nearby San Angelo.
In his one season with the War Hawks in 2012-13, the team went 19-10 overall in its first season competing as an NCAA II institution. While not able to compete for the Heartland Conference title until reaching full NCAA II status, Beard guided the team to a 10-8 mark versus Heartland foes and reached the championship game of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Central Regional.
Beard was also 3-1 versus Lone Star Conference teams, of which ASU is a member.
“I appreciate Coach Ron Holmes (Director of Athletics) and President John Russell hiring me and giving me the opportunity to coach at McMurry,” said Beard.
“McMurry is a great school and has a bright future ahead as it continues to progress and grow as an NCAA II program. The McMurry administration is supportive and committed to making its athletics programs the best that they can be.
“I know that the success which the team had in 2012-13 was another quality season in McMurry's great basketball history. I have no doubt that great tradition will continue at McMurry.”
Holmes – who spent 20 years at the helm of McM's men's basketball program prior to becoming the A.D. – is appreciative of Beard's efforts.
“Chris took over our program late last season and under some tough timelines,” said Holmes. “Not only did he succeed in holding the team together, but he was a tireless worker to recruit some quality players and enjoyed an incredible season with the deck stacked against him.
“We are sad to see Chris go on a personal level. But as a professional, you always want to see the people you care about become sought after and receive opportunities for advancement. We knew when we hired Chris that he had that certain 'something' about him as a coach and ASU obviously saw that too.”
In the interim, Holmes said that assistant coach Cinco Boone will handle the day-to-day operations of the team until a successor for Beard is named. Holmes said he has already begun the process to find a replacement for Beard and hopes to name a replacement very soon.
Information provided by McMurry athletics department.