Rice offensive coordinator David Beaty (pronounced Bay-tee) has been hired as the Kansas co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach it was announced by Jayhawk Head Coach Turner Gill, Jan. 14. Beaty had served as KU's wide receivers coach in 2008 and 2009.
"David has a great energy and a fantastic football mind," said Gill."We are excited to have Coach Beaty and his family back with the Jayhawk football program. He has an excellent reputation in the state of Texas as a coach and recruiter according to the high school coaches there."
Beaty returns to Kansas after spending the 2010 season as the offensive coordinator at Rice, where he helped the team average 28.7 points and 375.3 yards per game. Prior to his second stint at Rice, Beaty was the wide receivers coach at Kansas during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
While at KU, he helped receivers Kerry Meier and Dezmon Briscoe develop into NFL caliber players. Meier was named Second Team All-Big 12 in 2009 and All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2008. Briscoe was a Third Team All-American and a unanimous First Team All-Big 12 selection in 2009. Both players finished their careers as the top two in KU history in career receptions and receiving yards.
In his first year at Kansas in 2008he was responsible for one of the nation's top receiving duos in Briscoe and Meier. Both players registered more than 90 receptions and 1,000 yards in a record-setting season by both. Briscoe ranked fourth in the NCAA in receiving yards (108.23) and tied for 15th in receptions (7.08), while Meier tied for sixth in receptions (7.46) and 32nd in yards (80.38).
In 2008 five different KU players produced a total of 15 100-yard receiving games. Briscoe's 269 yards at Oklahoma was the top mark in the country during the year. Among the school records set by KU wide receivers in 2008 were season receptions (97 by Meier), game receptions (Briscoe and Meier each had 14), season yards (1,407 by Briscoe), game yards (269 at Oklahoma by Briscoe), and season touchdowns (15 by Briscoe).
Beaty spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons as the wide receivers coach at Rice. In 2006 he served as the team's passing game coordinator as the team made its first bowl appearance in 45 years at the New Orleans Bowl. In 2007, Rice ranked 15th in the country in passing yards, averaging 293.1 yards passing per game.
He had two players - Jarett Dillard and James Casey - drafted by NFL teams following the 2007 season. Dillard, ranked in the top 25 nationally in both receptions per game (tied for 22nd at 6.58) and receiving yards per game (21st at 88.08) in 2007. Dillard, an All-American and Biletnikoff finalist, led the nation in touchdown receptions (21) in 2006. Dillard was drafted by Jacksonville, while Casey was selected by the Houston Texans.
Prior to joining the Owls' staff, Beaty was a successful head coach at MacArthur (Irving, Texas) High School from 2002-05, where his teams posted a 33-11 record and won two district titles. He earned several coach of the year honors while at MacArthur.
Beaty began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Naaman Forest High School in Garland, Texas, from 1994-96. He was also an assistant at Garland High School from 1997-2000. Garland claimed the Class 5A Division II state title in 1999.
Beaty then assumed his first head coaching job at North Dallas High School in 2001. He coached there for one season, posting a 6-4 record, before taking over at MacArthur.
Beaty is a 1994 graduate of Lindenwood (St. Charles, Mo.) College, where he played football and served as a team captain from 1992-93. Beaty was a four-year starter at wide receiver and led the team in receptions for three straight seasons. He played both football and soccer at Garland (Texas) High School where he graduated in 1989.
Beaty and his wife Raynee have two daughters, Averie and Alexa.