Pitt State head football coach Tim Beck resigns

Beck was 82-35 in 10 seasons as head coach

Pitt State head football coach Tim Beck announced his resignation on Monday afternoon.

Beck spent 33 years with the PSU football program, including the last ten years as head coach. As a head coach, he went 82-35 (.700) and won the team’s 4th ever national championship in 2011.

We reached out to former Pitt State QB Zac Dickey, who played for Beck on that 2011 national championship team. His comments are below.

“It was my experience as a player to find Coach Beck most interested in educating. The subject, yes, was football, but the lessons were centered around topics that transitioned with an athlete beyond the field. I have much to thank him for. We all do…Plus, the dude’s a bad***. Just look at his credentials.”

Pitt State AD Jim Johnson says there will be a national search for the team’s next head coach.


Pittsburg State University announced today (Nov. 18) that head football coach Tim Beck has resigned from his position.

Beck Announces Resignation From Pitt State Football Position https://t.co/ZIbumrNGnb

— Pitt State Athletics � (@PittStGorillas) November 18, 2019

Beck completed his 10th season as head coach of the Gorillas Saturday (Nov. 16) with a 65-6 home victory over Missouri Southern State University. He compiled an 82-35 (.701) overall record as head coach.

The 33-year veteran of the Pitt State coaching staff helped the program post a 314-85-2 (.786) during his decorated tenure from 1987-2019, winning two national championships and 14 conference championships while earning 20 national playoff appearances.

“On behalf of everyone at Pittsburg State University, I want to thank Coach Beck for his tremendous service to his alma mater,” Johnson said. “We are grateful for everything Tim has done to help further the tradition and legacy of Pitt State football. We wish he and his family nothing but the best moving forward.”

Beck led his alma mater (PSU, ’88) to the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championship, earning national coach of the year honors from Liberty Mutual, the Don Hansen Football Committee and FieldTurf™.

Beck became the school’s 14th all-time head football coach in December 2009, after serving for 23 seasons as an assistant coach for the Gorillas. He served 16 years as the team’s offensive coordinator from 1994-2009.

Beck’s tenure as head coach included a pair of MIAA Championships and NCAA Division II playoff appearances in 2011 and 2014 as well as an 8-1 overall postseason record.

In 2011, Beck led the Gorillas to the program’s second NCAA national championship and the school’s fourth national title overall in a 13-1 campaign. Pitt State captured the MIAA Championship and ultimately the NCAA-II National Championship with a 35-21 victory over Wayne (Mich.) State University on Dec. 17, 2011.

During his 16 seasons as offensive coordinator, the Gorilla offense consistently ranked among the finest units in NCAA Division II.

In 2008, Beck was selected the inaugural NCAA Division II Coordinator of the Year byFootballScoop.com, following a vote of his coaching peers.

In 2004, Beck’s offensive unit established itself as the most prolific squad in the history of NCAA football. PSU shattered a 118-year-old scoring record, scoring an amazing 837 points (55.8 ppg). His squad also set the NCAA all division records for rushing (5,320 yards) and total offense (8,976 yards).

Prior to assuming the offensive coordinator’s role, Beck served two years as Pitt State’s defensive coordinator (1992-93). He became a full-time assistant on the Pitt State staff in 1989, after serving first as a student assistant (1987) and then as a graduate assistant (1988).

Johnson indicated the university will launch a national search to fill Beck’s position.


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