Chris Beard: 5 things to know about the Longhorns' new basketball coach
After five seasons with Texas Tech, head coach Chris Beard decided it was time to say adios and head to Austin.
Beard becomes the Longhorns' 25th coach after Shaka Smart's recent departure for Marquette. Along with Beard comes his 112-55 record with the Red Raiders.
Get more familiar with the man who will lead Texas' men's basketball team by checking out these five facts about Beard's life and coaching history:
Chris Beard heads back to UT, where it all began
Beard got his coaching start with the Longhorns way back in 1991 as a student assistant. He left in 1995 and did assistant stints with Incarnate Word, Abilene Christian and North Texas. Before taking charge at Texas Tech, Beard was the head coach at Angelo State, McMurry (Division II) and Little Rock.
Longhorns coach Chris Beard's connection to Bobby Knight
That's right; Beard learned from the General himself as an assistant to Bobby Knight for seven seasons at Texas Tech.
Texas Longhorns play waiting game, save $1 million
The cost of Beard's buyout dropped from $5 million to $4 million Thursday, so it's probably no coincidence that his hiring by Texas came when it did.
Chris Beard's NCAA Tournament history
It's already been established that Beard's time with Texas Tech was an overall fruitful one, but he also led the team to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Final Four (with a runner-up finish) and an Elite Eight.
Chris Beard's coaching awards and honors
Beard comes to the Longhorns with more than a winning percentage under his belt: He has a respectful list of accolades to boot. He was named Sun Belt Coach of the Year in 2016, Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2018 and 2019, and Associated Press Coach of the Year in 2019 — just to name a few.