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Chris Beard    

Head Basketball Coach at Texas Tech University

Christopher Michael Beard is an American basketball coach and the current head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Beard graduated from high school from McCullough High School in The Woodlands, Texas. He was a manager at the University of Texas at Austin under Texas Longhorns coach Tom Penders, graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. He received a Masters of Education from Abilene Christian University where he served as a graduate assistant in 1998.

Beard has coached at a total of 11 schools since he began his career in 1991, including the University of South Carolina (2011-12), McMurry University (2012-2013), Angelo State University (2013-2015), and The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (2015-2016).

During his first and only season at UALR, the Trojans went 30–5 and won the regular season and Sun Belt tournament titles to clinch an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Little Rock was awarded a 12 seed and knocked off fifth-seeded Purdue 85–83 in double overtime to advance to the Second Round, where they fell to Iowa State. Beard was named Sun Belt Coach of the Year for his efforts.

Beard joined Texas Tech as head coach in 2016. Under Beard's watch, the Red Raiders have made the deepest NCAA Tournament runs in school history. In 2018 Beard coached Texas Tech to its first-ever Elite Eight berth in program history with a 78–65 win over the Purdue Boilermakers. In the same year, Beard won the Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year.

In 2019, the Raiders won a school-record 31 games. In the NCAA tournament, Beard led the team to its first Final Four appearance in school history. On April 8, 2019, the Raiders played in their first-ever NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game against the Virginia Cavaliers, which they lost in overtime with a score of 77 to 85. Beard was recognized as the 2019 AP National Coach of the Year.

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