• Begins his seventh season on the Northern Arizona University football staff as the running backs coach after joining the Lumberjacks in the fall of 2010.
• Keeping up with a strong tradition of running backs in the NAU system, Beal coached Casey Jahn to 1,035 rushing yards to become the 12th player in school history to rush for 1,000 or more yards in a season. Jahn finished with All-Big Sky First Team honors, as NAU netted 1,844 rushing yards on the season.
• NAU used a three-running back system in 2014 resulting in 1,707 yards amongst the unit, with the team finishing with a total of 1,764 rushing yards.
• Coached Walter Payton Award candidate and All-American running back Zach Bauman into one of the top rushers in the nation.
• Bauman, who signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals in 2014, is the only NAU running back to rush for 1,000 yards in all four seasons; and became the ninth player in FCS history to accomplish the feat. He finished his career with four of the top 15 best rushing marks in a season, three of the top 10 carries in a season and two of the top three rushing touchdowns in a season.
• The four-time All-Big Sky selection holds the freshman rushing record of 1,059 yards. Bauman eclipsed the 4,000 and 5,000 career rushing yards marks – the only player in NAU history to do so. He holds the NAU record for career rushing yards (5,132), career carries (1,001), career all-purpose yards (6,316), and career points scored (311). He registered 24 100-yard rushing games and four 200-yard rushing games during his career.
• Coached at the University of Redlands, where he worked with the defensive backs in the spring of 2010. Prior to Redlands, he was a graduate assistant at Texas State University in 2009 and worked as the running backs coach at Rocky Mountain College in Billings.
• Beal began his football coaching career at Rocky Mountain coaching the receivers from 2005-07. He also coached the sprints at Montana State-Billings from 2006-09.
• Beal played collegiately at Montana State from 2002-04 before competing at Rocky Mountain College. He was named the most valuable player and most valuable running back in 2006.
• Beal graduated from Montana State with a degree in art education and minor in coaching in 2006. He received his master’s degree in sport management from Montana State-Billings in 2009.
• Beal and his wife Kassie have two children; a daughter Jeansee, and a son, James.
• Coaching Accolades
All-Conference Honorees - Zach Bauman (2010, 2nd; 2011, 1st; 2012, 1st; 2013; 1st), Casey Jahn (2014, HM; 2015, 1st)
All-American Honorees - Zach Bauman (2011, 2012, 2013)
Born: Oct. 22, 1984
College: Montana State University-Bozeman, 2007; Montana State University-Billings, 2009
Playing Experience: Montana State 2002-04, Rocky Mountain College, 2005-06
Family: Wife, Kassie; Daughter, Jeansee; Son, James
Beal’s Coaching Chronology
|2005-07||Rocky Mountain College, Wide Receivers|
||Rocky Mountain College, Running Backs|
||Texas State University, Graduate Assistant|
||University of Redland, Defensive Backs|
|2010-Pres.||Northern Arizona University, Running Backs|