It’s been an adventurous twenty-four hours for Coastal Carolina football. On Saturday, the Chanticleers dropped a 45-26 decision to Troy in the Sun Belt Conference championship game, with rumors swirling that head coach Jamey Chadwell would be leaving for another job. On Sunday, those reports turned into reality as Chadwell was named the new coach at Liberty, replacing Hugh Freeze, who accepted the job at Auburn last month.
CCU was clearly prepared for Chadwell’s decision and moved quickly to name NC State offensive coordinator Tim Beck as the school’s fourth head coach on Sunday afternoon.
A press conference is scheduled for Monday at 3:30pm at the school’s HTC Center to formally introduce Beck to the Conway community.
Meanwhile, Jamey Chadwell was formerly introduced at Liberty University on Sunday afternoon. He carries a 99-57 overall head coaching record with him to Liberty. Chadwell’s career spans stints at North Greenville (2009-2011), Delta State (2012), Charleston Southern (2013-16) and Coastal Carolina (2017 (intern); 2019-22).
Chadwell coached the Chanticleers to first-place finishes in the Sun Belt Conference in 2020 and 2022 (tied for first in East) and a 31-6 record over the last three seasons. He helped Coastal Carolina secure its first two FBS bowl game appearances, including a 47-41 win over Northern Illinois in the 2021 Tailgreeter Cure Bowl.
Complete CCU Media Release on Beck:
Tim Beck has been named the fourth head football coach in Coastal Carolina’s 20-year history, Chair of Athletics, Executive Director for Football, and Executive Adviser for the President Joe Moglia announced Sunday. An experienced leader with 35 years of coaching experience, Beck brings with him 18 years of Power 5 coaching experience to CCU, including spending the last 12 years as an offensive coordinator at Nebraska, Ohio State, Texas, and NC State.
The offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at NC State for each of the last three seasons (2020-22), Beck has helped lead the Wolfpack to three-consecutive eight-plus win seasons, three-straight bowl appearances, and a combined record of 25-11.
As a collegiate coach, he has helped guide teams to 17 postseason bowl games, including this season. Beck has also coached in a postseason bowl game in every year since 2007, including helping Ohio State compete in the College Football Playoff in 2016.
“I have known Tim since my return to coaching 13 years ago at Nebraska. He is an excellent coach and coordinator, and has always had the best interest of his players, coaches, and school at heart,” stated Moglia. “I take a lot of pride in what our program has accomplished in the last 10 years. Tim will do a great job of building on that.”
“I also want to thank Jamey [Chadwell] for the remarkable contribution he has made here at Coastal,” continued Moglia. “I love him and his family, and wish him all the success and happiness as he moves on in his coaching career.”
This season, NC State finished the regular season at 8-4 overall and was ranked as high as No. 16 in the College Football Playoff Rankings and was most recently ranked No. 25 in the latest rankings.
NC State was also ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll for 11-straight weeks and in the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll for 12 consecutive weeks this season, reaching as high as No. 10 in both national polls in week four (Sept. 25).
Despite losing Heisman Trophy contender quarterback Devin Leary in a 19-17 win over Florida State in Week 6 (Oct. 8), Beck’s offense was able to regroup and help the Wolfpack finish out the regular season with wins over Virginia Tech and nationally-ranked in-state foes Wake Forest and North Carolina.
“I could not be more excited to be the Head Football Coach at Coastal Carolina University. The complete alignment between Dr. Benson, Joe Moglia, and Matt Hogue has helped establish a championship program that is a tremendous fit for me and my family,” said Coach Beck. “I fully embrace the expectations for how we will run this program each and every day. Coastal is a special place with special people. We are humbled and honored to become a part of the Chanticleer family and the Conway community.”
Recognized as the nation’s eighth-best recruiter by 247Sports.com in 2020, Beck has been a three-time nominee for the Broyles Award, an award given to the nation’s top assistant coach in all of FBS.
In each of his past two seasons in Raleigh, N.C., Beck’s offense has ranked in the top half of the highly-touted Atlantic Coastal Conference (ACC) in scoring offense, total offense, and passing offense, while continuing to set program records along the way.
Under Beck’s tutelage, Leary set a new NC State school record for most touchdown passes in a single season in 2021 with 35. He became one of just three quarterbacks in ACC history to post a 3,400-yard and 35-touchdown regular season. He also passed for 27 touchdowns in ACC play, a mark that led the conference, and he became the first Pack quarterback to throw for four or more touchdowns against five ACC opponents.
Despite starting two different quarterbacks in 2020, Beck’s offense posted some of the top offensive marks in school history: passing yards (3,154, 11th), passing yards per game (252.8, 9th), completion percentage (.628, 5th), scoring (363 pts, 12th), first downs (267, 10th), fewest turnovers (19, 10th), and fewest fumbles lost (4, 1st).
Both starting quarterbacks in 2020 finished the season with some of the top passing efficiency marks in school history. Leary’s 148.33 mark is second in school history only to Philip Rivers, while Bailey Hockman’s 138.08 mark ranks sixth in school history.
“We are delighted to welcome Tim, Tamara, and family to Coastal Carolina University. With his daughter, Haylie, having played volleyball here at CCU, they are very familiar with our community and I know they will receive a warm Chanticleer reception,” stated Coastal Carolina University President Michael T. Benson. “Coach Beck has worked in some of the nation’s premier football programs, and his reputation speaks for itself. We have every confidence that he and his staff will recruit, retain, and develop exceptional student-athletes as our program continues to advance.”
Prior to joining the Wolfpack in 2020, Beck coached for three years as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas from 2017-19.
Under his guidance, Texas’ offense ranked among the nation’s most prolific. In 2019, the Longhorns ranked 17th nationally in scoring (35.2 ppg), 17th in completion percentage (.651), 20th in passing offense (289.3), 12th in red zone offense (.920), and 14th in total offense (465.8). The offense also converted 86-of-175 (49.1 percent) of its third downs in 2019, the ninth-best conversion rate in all of FBS.
White in Austin, Texas, he mentored Longhorn quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who posted some of the top marks nationally in 2019, ranking fourth nationally in total offense, ninth in passing yards, and 13th in touchdown passes in the regular season. He was the sixth Longhorn quarterback, and first since Colt McCoy (2006-09) to rush for 1,000 yards. For the year, Ehlinger was 284-of-436 for 3,462 yards and 29 touchdowns and rushed for 4590 yards and six touchdowns on 152 carries in 2019. He accounted for 4,052 yards of total offense, the third-most in school history, and 35 total touchdowns, which ranks fourth in Texas history, in 2019. He was a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Wuerffel Trophy, and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.
Texas featured a dynamic offensive attack in 2018 behind Ehlinger, who passed for 3,292 yards and accounted for 41 touchdowns (25 passing and 16 rushing), becoming the first player in UT history to pass for at least 25 touchdowns and rush for at least 15 in a season. Receivers Lil’Jordan Humphrey and Collin Johnson combined for 2,261 receiving yards, the second most for a duo in UT history, and 16 touchdowns on the season.
Controlling the ball while keeping it secure, the offense ranked 22nd in the nation in time of possession despite playing in the fast-paced Big 12, along with being 12th in total first downs. Texas was also tied for fourth in turnovers lost with just 11 and had a total of five turnover free-games for the season, including three straight full games without a turnover.
The Longhorns’ youth shined on the offensive side of the ball in 2017, as the previous two recruiting classes (sophomores, redshirt, and true freshmen) combined to make 66 starts. At quarterback, sophomore Shane Buechele and true freshman Ehlinger combined for 3,320 passing yards and 18 touchdowns. Ehlinger was also the Longhorns’ leading rusher with 385 yards, becoming the first Texas quarterback since McCoy in 2008 to lead UT in both passing and rushing.
“We are thrilled to welcome Tim and his family to Teal Nation. His coaching pedigree is elite and he provides the right mixture of experience and skill to best navigate the new world of college football roster management. He is well poised to build upon the solid tradition and success of our program,” said Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and University Recreation Matt Hogue. “We also thank Jamey for his commitment to CCU and his leadership in taking our program to unprecedented heights. We wish him and his family much success in the future.”
At Ohio State from 2015-16, Beck’s offenses helped lead the Buckeyes to back-to-back double-digit win seasons, going 12-1 in 2015 and 11-2 in 2016.
Ohio State featured one of the top offenses in the nation in 2016 en route to an 11-2 record and an appearance in the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes’ offense ranked 14th in the FBS in scoring offense with an average of 39.4 points per game. The rushing attack ranked 12th nationally at 245.2 yards per game, which led the Big Ten, while the team’s completion percentage (62.3 percent) also led the conference.
A large part of the offense’s success was due to the play of quarterback J.T. Barrett, who owns the school record for touchdowns responsible for with 100. For the season, Barrett posted 3,400 total yards (2,555 passing and 845 rushing) and accounted for 33 touchdowns (24 passing and nine rushing). He was one of two players to share the 2016 Chicago Tribune Silver Football Award, which is voted on by the conference head coaches and awarded to the Big Ten MVP, and he was also named the conference quarterback of the year.
In 2015, Ohio State’s offense featured a ground game that ranked 11th in the nation, matching the 2016 team with a 245.2 yards per game average. Much like in 2016, the Buckeyes also ranked in the top 30 in the country in completion percentage at 62.8 percent (29th), while their 35.7 scoring average ranked 28th.
Beck coached two starting quarterbacks in 2015 in Cardale Jones and Barrett, and Ohio State ranked second in the Big Ten in passing efficiency with a 140.0 rating. The duo helped Ohio State to the fifth-highest totals in school history in points scored (464) and touchdowns (62). Jones went on to be a fourth-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 2016 NFL Draft. The offense also featured All-America running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and MVP. Ohio State finished the season with a 12-1 record, capped by a Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame.
Beck went to Ohio State following a seven-year stint at Nebraska, four as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach (2011-14), and three as the running backs coach (2008-10). He was named a nominee for the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach in both 2012 and 2013.
Between 2011-14, Beck’s Nebraska offenses ranked among the best in the Big Ten Conference and his passing attack amassed more than 10,000 yards during that time with 86 touchdowns. In his four seasons as coordinator, the Huskers averaged 33.5 points per game. The Huskers broke more than 50 individual records, including career marks for passing yards, completions, passing touchdowns, yards from scrimmage, and total offense.
In 2012, Nebraska totaled 2,500 rushing and passing yards in the same season for the first time in school history. The Huskers accomplished the feat again in both 2013 and 2014, despite using three starting quarterbacks during the 2013 season.
On the ground, Nebraska ranked in the top 20 nationally in rushing every season with Beck as coordinator. Five Huskers posted a 1,000-yard rushing season in his four seasons calling plays, including second-team All-American and Doak Walker Award finalist Ameer Abdullah, who ranked 12th nationally with 1,611 rushing yards in 2014. Abdullah, a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award and first-team All-Big Ten honoree in 2013, rushed for a conference-best 1,690 yards that year, the highest total by a Husker since 1997. He went on to become a second-round pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Through the air, two of Nebraska’s top six passing seasons in school history came under Beck’s direction. Quarterbacks excelled under Beck with Taylor Martinez enjoying an outstanding career where he set more than 40 school records. He was the league coaches’ choice as the All-Big Ten Conference quarterback following the 2012 regular season.
In 2011, All-Big Ten back Rex Burkhead tied a school record by scoring a touchdown in 10 consecutive games to open the season. His 17 touchdowns were seventh in NU history and the most by a Husker since Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch scored 19 touchdowns in 2001. Burkhead finished with 1,357 rushing yards, the seventh-most in school history and the most by a Husker I-back since 1997.
As the running backs coach in 2010, the Huskers ranked seventh nationally with an average of 5.47 yards per carry. Nebraska also posted its first 2,500-yard rushing season since 2003 and scored 30 rushing touchdowns for the first time since 2001.
Two-time All-Big 12 selection Roy Helu Jr. ran for a career-high 1,245 yards, the second-highest total by a senior running back in NU history, before being selected in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Helu Jr. became the first Husker to post back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons since Calvin Jones in 1992 and 1993.
In 2009, Nebraska outrushed 11 of 14 opponents. Helu Jr. rushed for 1,147 yards and ranked fourth in the Big 12 to earn second-team All-Big 12 honors. In his first year, NU ranked third in the league in rushing (182.5 ypg).
Prior to Nebraska, Beck was at Kansas where he was the Jayhawks’ receivers coach in each of his three seasons (2005-07). He was promoted to passing game coordinator in 2007.
Kansas finished second nationally in scoring offense in 2007 (42.8 ppg), eighth in total offense (479.8 ypg), and 17th in passing (291.0 ypg). The Jayhawks went 12-1 with a 24-21 victory over Virginia Tech in the FedEx Orange Bowl and finished with a final national ranking of No. 7. Marcus Henry led the team in receiving yards with 1,014 and was named second-team All-Big 12.
Beck came to KU as one of the most respected high school coaches in the state of Texas, serving three seasons at Summit High in Mansfield. He was the 2003 District Coach of the Year, and a season later, Summit High advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs with a 9-4 record.
Beck was head coach at R.L. Turner High in Carrollton, Texas, from 1999-2001, leading the school to back-to-back playoff appearances and consecutive winning seasons for the first time in 25 years. Beck was named the district coach of the year in 2000.
Prior to coaching in the Texas prep ranks, Beck worked at Missouri State for three seasons from 1996-98, including one season as the offensive coordinator. In 1998, the MSU offense racked up 4,542 total yards – the fourth-best mark in school history.
Beck was hired at Missouri State after leading Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., to the 1995 4A state championship – the school’s first state title. Beck was named the regional coach of the year in 1994, and in his final two seasons at the school, Saguaro compiled a 23-4 record, compared to a 5-43 mark in the five seasons prior to his arrival.
Beck started his coaching career as an assistant at Miramar (Fla.) High School in 1988-89 and then moved to Illinois State as outside linebackers and punters coach in 1990. He spent two seasons on Bill Snyder’s Kansas State staff (1991-92) as a graduate assistant.
An Ohio native, Beck played one year of football at Central Florida (1985), and he graduated from there in 1988 with a degree in liberal studies. He also has a master’s in counseling and guidance from Kansas State University (1992).
Beck and his wife, Tamara, have two children – a son, Jordan, and a daughter, Haylie Marie. Haylie is a 2021 graduate of Coastal Carolina and was a member of the volleyball team from 2017-19 and the beach volleyball team from 2018-19.
Coastal Football Head Coach Tim Beck
“I could not be more excited to be the Head Football Coach at Coastal Carolina University. The complete alignment between Dr. Benson, Joe Moglia, and Matt Hogue has helped establish a championship program that is a tremendous fit for me and my family. I fully embrace the expectations for how we will run this program each and every day. Coastal is a special place with special people. We are humbled and honored to become a part of the Chanticleer family and the Conway community.”
Chair of Athletics / Executive Director for Football / Executive Adviser for the President Joe Moglia
“I have known Tim since my return to coaching 13 years ago at Nebraska. He is an excellent coach and coordinator, and has always had the best interest of his players, coaches, and school at heart. I take a lot of pride in what our program has accomplished in the last 10 years. Tim will do a great job of building on that.”
Coastal Carolina University President Michael T. Benson
“We are delighted to welcome Coach Beck, Tamara, and family to Coastal Carolina University. With his daughter, Haylie, having played volleyball here at CCU, they are very familiar with our community and I know they will receive a warm Chanticleer reception. Coach Beck has worked in some of the nation’s premier football programs, and his reputation speaks for itself. We have every confidence that he and his staff will recruit, retain, and develop exceptional student-athletes as our program continues to advance.”
Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and University Recreation Matt Hogue
“We are thrilled to welcome Tim and his family to Teal Nation. His coaching pedigree is elite and he provides the right mixture of experience and skill to best navigate the new world of college football roster management. He is well poised to build upon the solid tradition and success of our program.”