Chris Beatty not being retained
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Chris Beatty spent one season at Illinois as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He was hired in January 2012 as part of Tim Beckman's first staff at Illinois.
Beatty came to Illinois from Vanderbilt, where he helped the Commodores to an appearance in the 2011 Liberty Bowl as wide receivers coach and offensive recruiting coordinator. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews was a big-play threat for Beatty, earning third-team All-SEC honors after catching 41 passes for 778 yards (19.0 ypc) and five touchdowns in 2011.
Prior to his time at VU, Beatty spent three seasons at West Virginia as running backs/slot receivers coach and director of recruiting. He helped guide the Mountaineers to a Big East co-championship in 2010 and to three straight bowl appearances in his three years at WVU.
In 2010, Beatty helped West Virginia to a 9-4 overall record, a Big East Conference co-championship and an appearance in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando. In 2009, WVU finished with a 9-4 mark after facing Florida State in the Gator Bowl. In 2008, the Mountaineers also were 9-4 and capped the season with a 31-30 victory over North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
At West Virginia, Beatty mentored two of the most productive offensive players in Mountaineer football history: running back Noel Devine and slot receiver/return specialist Jock Sanders. Devine rushed for more than 3,600 yards under Beatty's guidance, twice earning All-Big East Conference honors, while Sanders ranked as one of the Big East's most productive receivers, catching 195 passes. The Mountaineer rushing attack also ranked among the Big East's best during all three of Beatty's years with the program.
Beatty joined the West Virginia staff after he spent the 2007 season mentoring running backs at Northern Illinois under former Huskie head coach Joe Novak. Beatty's top pupil at Northern Illinois, sophomore Justin Anderson, rushed for 1,245 yards and eight touchdowns.
Beatty entered the collegiate coaching ranks at Hampton (Va.) University, helping the Pirates to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship and appearance in the FCS playoffs. As Hampton's offensive coordinator and mentor to quarterbacks and receivers in 2006, Beatty guided the offense to the No. 7 ranking in scoring among FCS teams with an average of 34.7 points per game. He also mentored three Hampton wide receivers that eventually played in the NFL and two quarterbacks that earned playing time in the Canadian Football League.
Nine of Beatty's former players have gone on to the NFL. He also has also mentored 13 all-conference performers.
Prior to becoming a college coach, Beatty served successful tenures as a head coach at three Virginia high schools. Beatty guided Landstown High School to a superb 40-2 overall record from 2003-05, and captured the state's 3A state championship behind eventual Florida Gators All-American and Minnesota Viking Percy Harvin. All three of Beatty's Landstown teams advanced to the 3A state title game. Beatty's two other Virginia high schools, North Stafford and Salem, combined for an 38-16 overall record from 1998-2002.
A native of Centreville, Va., Beatty was a standout wide receiver at East Tennessee State University, graduating in 1994 as the Bucs' all-time leading receiver. An All-Southern Conference recipient in 1994, he played professionally for two Canadian Football League teams.
Beatty and his wife, Kris, are the parents of a son, Aaron.
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