Feb. 12, 2014
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Ben Beasley has been named secondary coach announced Lamar head football coach Ray Woodard Wednesday evening. Beasley takes over for Allen Johnson who resigned last month to take a similar position at Arkansas State.
"Ben brings a ton of experience from within the league to Lamar," said Woodard. "He has coached a lot of successful secondary units at Sam Houston, and we are all very familiar with what they have accomplished in recent years. I've also run into him quite a bit on the recruiting trails and I've been impressed with how hard of a worker he is when recruiting talent. We are getting a good coach."
Beasley comes to Beaumont with a very strong understanding of football in the Southland Conference having worked at three other Southland schools prior to his arrival in southeast Texas. His most recent stint was in Huntsville, Texas, where he helped coach Sam Houston State to one of its most successful runs in school history. National runners up in two of the past three seasons, Beasley's secondary finished the 2011 season ranked fourth nationally in pass efficiency defense and tops in the country in interceptions and takeaways.
During his five seasons in Huntsville, Beasley produced three All-Americans and 11 All-Southland Conference selections. In addition to all the national honors, Beasley's secondary set a school record for interceptions during the 2011 season.
Just as important as the numbers produced on the field are Beasley's contacts in southeast Texas. During his time with the Bearkats, Beasley recruited the Golden Triangle.
Prior to his stay in Huntsville, Beasley spent five seasons at Northwestern State working with the Demons' secondary for the final three. Northwestern State ranked in Southland's top two in total defense all three years, and had the league's top pass defense in 2008. Beasley produced six All-SLC athletes during his time in Natchitoches, La.
Beasley has left a paper-trail of success throughout his career, which began in 2000 as a student assistant at his alma mater, McNeese State. Over the course of his career he has helped lead three teams to a Southland Conference title, coached three All-Americans, 17 All-SLC selections, produced the 2012 SLC Defensive Player of the Year and watched his troops set 14 school records.