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MINNEAPOLIS - After putting the position on hold until national signing day, Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen has finished his first coaching staff, and the last addition has some Big Ten flavor to it.
Chris Beatty, who has coaching experience in three major FBS conferences, was officially announced Thursday as Wisconsin’s wide receivers coach.
“Chris has a great track record of taking care of young men and making sure they succeed academically, socially and athletically, which is always the top priority with me,” Andersen said in a statement. “He has shown that he can recruit at the highest levels of Division I and been very successful at it. The experience he brings coaching wide receivers will be an asset to us. We are very excited to have him, his wife, Kris, and his son, Aaron, joining the Badger family.”
Beatty, 39, spent last season at Illinois as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He was hired in January 2012 as part of Tim Beckman's first staff, but was dismissed following a dismal 2-10 season, including 0-8 in conference, that saw the Illini’s offense rank last in the Big Ten in scoring (16.7 points per game) and in total offense (296.7 yards per game).
Prior to his stint at Illinois, Beatty spent one season at Vanderbilt as the school’s wide receiver coach and offensive recruiting coordinator. One of prized players was wide receiver Jordan Matthews, who earning third-team All-SEC honors after catching 41 passes for 778 yards (19.0 ypc) and five touchdowns in 2011.
Beatty also spent three seasons at West Virginia as running backs/slot receivers coach and director of recruiting and one at Northern Illinois coaching running backs. He started his college coaching career at Hampton (Va.) University in 2006 as offensive coordinator.
In addition to his college tenure, Beatty also had a successful run as a head coach at three high schools in Virginia, including leading Landstown High School to a 40-2 overall record from 2003-05, reaching the state title game every season. He won a 3A state championship in 2004, coaching current Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin that season. He was 78-18 overall as a high school head coach.
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 that season, he played professionally for two Canadian Football League teams.
Beatty’s hire completes Andersen’s first coaching staff at Wisconsin, which includes seven new assistant coaches.