Piatt Country Earned Visit for winning 'Paint the State Orange' promotion last fall
Illinois Leaders Schedule Busy Day in State's Largest City, Evening Reception in Evanston
Players & Staff Enjoy Playing Games, Signing Autographs for Fans
2004 UI Graduate and Former NFL Player Returns to Alma Mater
Winning Shirt Slogan Will Be on 2013 Season Football T-Shirt
Photos from the Orange and Blue Spring Game at Memorial Stadium - April 12, 2013
Chicago Homecoming press conference & football practice at Gately Stadium on March 29, 2013 (Derek Neal/Illini Athletics)
Photos from the Illinois football game at Northwestern - 11/24/12 (AP and Mark Cowan)
Photos of Illinois' 52-22 loss at Ohio State, Nov. 3, 2012. (Photos by Mark Jones (Illiinois) and the Associated Press).
Illinois vs. Indiana 10/27/2012 @ Memorial Stadium
Tim Beckman is in his second season leading the University of Illinois football program in 2013. He was named the 23rd Fighting Illini head football coach by director of athletics Mike Thomas on Dec. 9, 2011.
Under Beckman's leadership, the Illini have excelled in the classroom. Fifteen players earned their degree in 2012 and a record number of football student-athletes posted at least a 3.0 grade-point-average in back-to-back semesters - 39 in spring 2012 and 42 in fall 2012. The Illini have also been active in the community, hosting free weekly youth clinics during the season and making regular visits to local schools and hospitals throughout the year.
Prior to Illinois, Beckman spent three years as head coach at Toledo, where he led the Rockets to two bowl appearances and a Mid-American Conference West Division co-championship.
Beckman engineered an impressive turnaround at Toledo in his three years at the helm after inheriting a team that went 3-9 in 2008. The Rockets improved to 5-7 in 2009 before going 8-5 with a 7-1 record in the MAC, and a berth in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in 2010. Toledo posted an 8-4 record this season, including another 7-1 MAC record, a share of the MAC West Division title and a berth in the Military Bowl. In the last two seasons, Beckman has compiled a 14-2 record in MAC games, second-best in the conference over that span.
He has learned under some of the finest coaches in America, including Pat Dye, Urban Meyer, Mike Gundy and Jim Tressel. When he guided the Rockets to an 8-4 regular-season record and a bowl appearance in 2010, it was UT's first since 2005. In addition, his last two recruiting classes have been widely praised, earning a No. 1 ranking among MAC teams by Rivals.com in both seasons after landing two of the three four-star prospects signed by conference schools.
Beckman sent a pair of Toledo players to the NFL in defensive back Barry Church and receiver Stephen Williams in 2010, and had three players earn first-team All-MAC honors in 2011, including Eric Page, who earned first-team honors as a receiver, kick returner and punt returner.
Before accepting Toledo's head coaching position, Beckman had 21 years of experience as an assistant coach. He served as the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State (2007-08), the cornerbacks coach at Ohio State (2005-06), the defensive coordinator/assistant head coach at Bowling Green (1998-2004), the defensive coordinator at Elon (1996-97), the secondary coach/recruiting coordinator at Western Carolina (1990-95) and as a graduate assistant at Auburn (1988- 89).
Beckman's two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State were successful, as the Cowboys posted a 16-10 record, including a 9-4 mark in 2008 and an appearance in the Holiday Bowl. In 2007, the Cowboys went 7-6, including a win over Indiana in the Insight Bowl.
At Ohio State, Beckman mentored the Buckeye cornerbacks. During his stay at Ohio State, the Buckeyes were 22-3 and played in two BCS bowl games. Along the way, he coached six All-Big Ten defensive backs and five future NFL players. His final game as a coach with Ohio State was the 2007 BCS National Championship Game against Florida, where Beckman faced his former boss from his days at Bowling Green, Urban Meyer.
At Bowling Green, Beckman was a three-time nominee for the Frank Broyles Award, presented annually to the nation's top assistant coach. He was a finalist for the Broyles Award in 2001 and College Football News named him one of the country's top defensive coordinators. During his stay at Bowling Green, the Falcons won two bowl games, a MAC East division title and finished ranked in the national polls in 2003.
Beckman began his coaching career in 1988 as a graduate assistant at Auburn, where he earned his master's degree in education. His first full-time coaching job came at Western Carolina, where he coached the secondary and served as recruiting coordinator from 1990-95. Beckman then served as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Elon College from 1996-97 before moving on to Bowling Green.
Beckman started his collegiate playing career at Kentucky but transferred to Findlay and excelled under Hall of Fame head coach Dick Strahm. A 1988 graduate of Findlay, Beckman majored in physical education and lettered in 1984 and 1985 on Oiler teams that qualified for the NAIA playoffs both seasons. Prior to that, he attended Forest Park High School in Beaumont, Texas, for two years before completing high school at Berea (Ohio) High School near Cleveland.
Beckman is a native of Berea, Ohio. He and his wife, Kim, have three children: Tyler (20), Lindsay (18), and Alex (14). Tyler is a sophomore quarterback at the University of Findlay, while Lindsay is a freshman at Toledo.
|Beckman Head Coaching Record Year-by-Year|
|2010||Toledo||8-5||7-1||Little Caesars Pizza Bowl|
|2011||Toledo||8-4||7-1||MAC West Co-Champ/Military Bowl|
|TOTALS||4 Years||23-26||17-15||2 Bowls|
|Beckman's Coaching Experience|
|2007-08||Oklahoma State||Defensive Coordinator|
|1998-04||Bowling Green||Defensive Coordinator/Asst. Head Coach|
|1996-97||Elon||Defensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator|
|1990-95||Western Carolina||Secondary/Recruiting Coordinator|
Bowl games participated in as a coach
2010 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
2007 Insight Bowl
2006 BCS National Championship Game
2005 Fiesta Bowl
2004 GMAC Bowl
2003 Motor City Bowl
1989 Hall of Fame
1988 Sugar Bowl
NFL players coached by Tim Beckman
Barry Church, Toledo (Dallas Cowboys)
Stephen Williams, Toledo (Arizona Cardinals)
Tyler Everett, Ohio State (Dallas Cowboys)
Brandon Mitchell, Ohio State (Houston Texans)
Nate Salley, Ohio State (Carolina Panthers)
Donte Whitner, Ohio State (Buffalo Bills)
Donovan Woods, Oklahoma State (Pittsburgh)
Ashton Youboty, Ohio State (Buffalo Bills)
University of Kentucky, 1983
University of Findlay, 1984-87
Bachelor's degree, physical education, University of Findlay, 1988
Master's degree, education, Auburn University, 1994
Hometown: Berea, Ohio
Birthdate: Jan. 19, 1965
Family: Wife: Kim; Children: Tyler (20), Lindsay (18) and Alex (14).