Chris Beatty
Sport(s)College football
Biographical details
Born (1973-06-19) June 19, 1973 (age 46)
Topeka, Kansas
Playing career
1991-1994East Tennessee State
Position(s)Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
North Stafford HS
Salem HS
Landstown HS
Hampton (asst.)
Northern Illinois (asst.)
West Virginia (asst.)
Vanderbilt (asst.)
Illinois (asst.)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
2004 Virginia High School State Championship
2004 Virginia High School League AAA Coach of the Year

Christopher Beatty (born June 19, 1973 in Topeka, Kansas) is an American football assistant coach. Beatty was formerly the running backs and slot receivers coach for the West Virginia Mountaineers football team. Beatty was formerly a professional football player in the Canadian Football League and a school-record holder at East Tennessee State University as a wide receiver.

Early lifeEdit

Christopher Beatty was born in 1973 in Topeka, Kansas, but grew up in Centreville, Virginia. Beatty attended Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Virginia, where he graduated in 1991. Upon his graduation, Beatty attended East Tennessee State. From 1991 to 1994, he was a starter at wide receiver where he earned All-conference honors his senior season. He ended his career as the school's all-time leader in receiving yards.

Professional playing careerEdit

Following his graduation of ETSU with a bachelor's degree in 1995, Beatty was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens but did not make the team. He moved on to play professional football in the Canadian Football League with the Baltimore Stallions. In 1997, Beatty played for the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats before retiring from his playing career.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

High schoolEdit

Chris Beatty began his coaching career in 1998 with North Stafford High School in Virginia as the school's head coach. Beatty coached the Wolverines football team until 2000, when he moved on to Salem High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Beatty moved on from Salem after the 2002 season.

From 2003 to 2005, Beatty coached Landstown High School in Virginia Beach. During his three-year tenure, Beatty led the team to three straight state championship games and a 40-2 record. The team won the state championship in 2004, led by future college football and NFL player Percy Harvin.[2]

During his tenure at the high school ranks, Beatty compiled a 78-18 record at three different high schools. Beatty was named the 2004 Virginia High School League AAA Coach of the Year for his state championship team with Landstown High. Also during his prep tenure, he coordinated offenses that produced the top four passers in Virginia High School history and led the only two teams in state history to have a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard receiver, and a 1,000-yard rusher in the same season.

Hampton UniversityEdit

Chris Beatty left Landstown High School for the offensive coordinator and quarterback coaching position at Virginia's Hampton University in 2006. Beatty only stayed at Hampton for the 2006 season, but his team produced a 10-2 record and a position in the FCS playoffs. The team also won the Mideastern Athletic Conference championship with a 6-1 conference record. The 2006 team also produced a player drafted in the 2007 NFL Draft and six players who signed contracts with National Football League teams, four being offensive players coached by Beatty.

Northern Illinois UniversityEdit

Following his 2006 stint at Hampton University, Beatty was offered and accepted the position as Northern Illinois' running backs coach for the 2007 season. Beatty's Huskies had previously had a player rush for over 1,000 yards in the previous eight seasons before his arrival, including the school leader and third-round NFL Draft selection, Garrett Wolfe, who departed the team the season before Beatty's arrival.

In Beatty's only season at NIU, the Huskies posted a 2-10 record. However, sophomore running back Justin Anderson rushed for 1,245 yards and 8 touchdowns in the season under Beatty. The 1,000-yard performance extended the school's record to nine consecutive seasons.

West Virginia UniversityEdit

After his season at Northern Illinois University as the team's running backs coach, Beatty was offered the same position at West Virginia University for new head coach Bill Stewart. Beatty accepted the offer and entered the spring coaching the running backs, led by sophomore Noel Devine, and the slot receivers, led by sophomore Jock Sanders.

Prior to the season's beginning, Beatty was successful in recruiting high school juniors, Logan Heastie and Tajh Boyd. Heastie, a five-star recruit and often considered the #1 receiver in the 2009 class, and Boyd, a four-star quarterback recruit, were from the Virginia-area where Beatty was assigned to recruit from and committed to the Mountaineers before the team's spring practices for 2008 began.[3] Shortly after the commitment from Boyd and Heastie, Beatty recruited Dominic Davenport, the #4 recruit from Virginia as a defensive end. The commitment marked Beatty for recruiting the #1, #3, and #4 prospects in Virginia in Boyd, Heastie and Davenport, respectively.[4] However, Boyd decommitted following West Virginia's slow start to the season and two early losses to ECU and Colorado. West Virginia finished the season 9-4. Both Heastie and Davenport later left WVU without making so much as a dent in the depth chart.

At the end of the 2010 season, Beatty was let go from the West Virginia coaching staff.[5]

Vanderbilt UniversityEdit

In January 2011 Beatty was hired as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt University by new head coach James Franklin.[6]

University of IllinoisEdit

On January 3, 2012 it was announced that Beatty was hired as assistant coach at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign by new head coach Tim Beckman. On January 5, 2013, it was announced that Beatty would not be retained for the coming season.[7]


  1. Montoro, Mike (2008-01-11). "Football: Three Join Coaching Staff". MSN Sports. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
  2. Tucker, Kyle (2008-06-29). "The beat goes on for former Landstown coach Beatty". The Virginian Pilot. PilotOnline. Retrieved 2009-03-30.
  3. Boyd and Heastie set to star at WVU - Yahoo! Sports
  4. WVU influence could grow in state of Virginia recruiting -
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  7. "Beckman Adds Three Coaches to Illini Staff". 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2012-01-04.

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