KU Football Team Announces Coaching Changes

Feb. 13, 2005

LAWRENCE, Kan. —

John Reagan and Tim Beck have been hired as assistant football coaches at the University of Kansas, Head Coach Mark Mangino announced Sunday. Reagan will coach the offensive line and serve as the team’s offensive run-game coordinator while Beck will oversee the team’s wide receivers.

“First and foremost, John and Tim are teachers,” said Mangino. “Their enthusiasm and ability to relate to our players will make them an excellent additions to our staff.”

JOHN REAGAN – John Reagan, who spent the last two seasons as the offensive line coach at the United States Air Force Academy will serve as KU’s offensive line coach and offensive run-game coordinator. He replaces Ed Warinner who recently accepted an assistant coaching position at the University of Illinois. At AFA, Reagan also assisted with several special teams units, including the extra point and field goal teams.

During Reagan’s first year in Colorado Springs, the offensive line featured Falcon players Brett Huyser, Jesse Underbakke and Blane Neufeld who each earned All-Mountain West Conference honors. In 2004, Reagan took over a young, inexperienced group linemen and molded them into one of the top offensive lines in the MWC.

Reagan was the offensive line coach for one season at Temple before taking his position at the Academy. He directed the defensive line at Temple for two years, before his switch to the opposite side of the ball.

In 2001, Reagan directed Temple’s defensive front four to a productive campaign that saw the school ranked 19th nationally in total defense. In addition, defensive tackle Dan Klecko became Temple’s first unanimous All-Big East honoree while defensive end Raheem Brock was drafted in the seventh round of the NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Reagan joined the Owls’ coaching staff in February 2000 after instructing the Akron defensive line in 1999. Before coaching at Akron, Reagan was the tight ends coach and offensive tackle coach at Army in 1998. In 1997, he held the same position as an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania. Reagan spent the 1996 season as an offensive graduate assistant at Oklahoma State. He began his coaching career in 1994 as the assistant offensive line and fullback coach at Albany, where he remained until joining the Cowboys in 1996.

Reagan, a native of Delmar, N.Y., graduated from Syracuse in 1994 with a dual major in exercise science and sport psychology. He was a three-year starter at center for the Orangemen. As a senior captain in 1993, Reagan earned the Ben Schwartzwalder Most Exemplary Football Player Award after leading his team to a 26-22 victory over Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl. While with the Orangemen, he also competed in the 1992 Hall of Fame Bowl when Syracuse defeated Ohio State 24-17. Reagan was twice named to the GTE Academic All-America team (1992-93) and was presented with the Toyota Leadership Award following his senior season.

Reagan and his wife, Carrie, have a two-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn and a one-week old son, Daniel.

TIM BECK – Tim Beck will coach the team’s wide receivers. He replaces Tyrone Dixon who resigned to pursue other opportunities. Beck, one of the most respected high school coaches in the state of Texas, joins the Kansas staff after serving the past three seasons as the head football coach at Summit High School in Mansfield, Texas.

Beck was the 2003 District Coach of the Year after leading Summit High School to its first-ever playoff appearance and district championship. In 2004, SHS advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs after posting a 9-4 record and winning its second straight District 4-5A title. The Jaguars finished the season with the top-ranked defense in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Before accepting the job at Summit High School, Beck was the head coach at R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton, Texas, from 1999-01 where he led THS to back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in 25 years. He guided the team to a 7-4 record in 2000 and a 7-5 record in 2001, giving the school consecutive winning seasons for the first time in a quarter of a century. Beck was named the district Coach of the Year in 2000 and helped establish some solid groundwork for the school that won a total of 13 games in the 10 years prior to his arrival.

Beck served one season as the offensive coordinator at Southwest Missouri State where he worked from 1996-98. During his final season with the Bears, the SMS offense racked up 4,542 total yards — the fourth best single-season mark in school history. He was hired at SMS after leading Saguaro High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) to the 1995 4A state championship — the first state title in the school’s 30-year history. In 1994, Beck was named the state’s regional High School Coach of the Year after leading the team to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the regional finals. Over his final two and a half years at SHS, his teams posted a record of 23-4. Prior to his arrival at the school, the team’s record from 1988-82 was just 5-43.

Beck was a graduate assistant coach at Kansas State from 1991-92 where he served as wide receivers coach and assistant quarterbacks coach. The Wildcats finished the season with a 7-4 overall record and a fourth-place finish in the Big Eight Conference. In 1990, he coached the outside linebackers and punters at Illinois State University after serving two seasons as an assistant football coach at Miramar High School in Miramar, Fla.

Beck, a former collegiate quarterback, wide receiver and punter, is a 1988 graduate of Central Florida where he majored in liberal studies. He graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, where he starred in football, basketball and baseball.

Beck and his wife, Tamara, have an eight-year-old son, Jordan and a five-year-old daughter, Haylie Marie.

Coach Mangino plans to announce a coaching replacement for KU’s vacant running backs position at a later date.

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