Ed Beathea named men's track and field head coach
June 21, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ed Beathea has been named head coach of the Ohio State men's track and field team, T.J. Shelton, associate athletics director for sport administration, announced Thursday. Beathea, who served as associate head coach since 2006 and interim head coach since April, becomes the eighth head coach in program history and will receive a 5-year contract to lead the Buckeyes.
"After a national search, Ed emerged as the search committee's selection to be the next head coach," Shelton said. "I first want to thank Ed for serving as interim coach during the spring. Under his leadership, the team had some outstanding performances at the Big Ten and NCAA championships. Further, Ed articulated a vision committed to the overall development of our student-athletes in the classroom, in competition and in the community. With support from alumni, current team members and a highly-ranked recruiting class, Ed has the intangibles to compete for conference championships and national prominence."
Serving as interim head coach during the spring, Beathea led the Buckeyes to a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten outdoor championships with 86 team points. A total of 21 athletes qualified for the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries with 10 advancing to the NCAA championships. Three Buckeyes - senior Matt DeChant (shot put), junior Cory Leslie (3000-meter steeplechase) and true freshman Antonio Blanks (400-meter hurdles) - were first team All-Americans.
"I am excited and ready to continue to lead this Buckeye team," Beathea said. "I have a great group of guys that are very motivated. I truly appreciate the opportunity Gene Smith, T.J. Shelton and the athletic department are providing me."
In his six years as an assistant in Columbus, Beathea, the 2010 and 2011 Great Lakes Assistant Coach of the Year, was primarily responsible for instructing the Buckeye sprinters and hurdlers, as well as athletes competing in the horizontal jumps. He has mentored Ohio State athletes in his event areas to 10 individual Big Ten titles while also building the Buckeye 4x400-meter relay team into a Midwestern juggernaut that has won seven of the last nine Big Ten titles and qualified for multiple NCAA championship appearances. Beathea also directed all of the team's community outreach efforts, which have been well-received within the athletic department and the greater Columbus area.
Beathea's greatest accomplish in his time with the Buckeyes has been his work with All-Americans Thomas Murdaugh and Michael Hartfield. A relative unknown out of high school, Murdaugh, a four-time first team All-American, became one of the premier sprinters in the country thanks in large part to his training with Beathea, capturing a total of nine Big Ten titles and two USTFCCCA Great Lakes Track Athlete of the Year awards, as well as Big Ten Track Athlete of Year and Athlete of the Indoor Championship honors as a sophomore in 2010. Hartfield, a three-time second team All-American, enjoyed two outstanding seasons with the Buckeyes after transferring from Rend Lake Junior College, earning three Big Ten titles in the long jump and a pair of runner-up finishes in the triple jump to go along with USTFCCCA and Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year honors during the 2011 outdoor season. Beathea's work with Murdaugh, Hartfield and the 4x400-meter team has been applauded by his peers, evident in his selection as the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011.
Prior to joining the Buckeye coaching staff in 2006, Beathea spent 10 seasons coaching sprints and hurdles at Indiana, the last four years as associate head coach. In his decade with the Hoosiers, Beathea coached 32 Big Ten sprint and hurdle champions, 28 All-Americans and two NCAA runner-ups. He gained national attention for his work with sprinters David Neville - a bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games - and Rachelle (Boone) Smith, the 2006 USA outdoor champion in the 200-meter dash, while also building his reputation as an excellent relay coach. Under his leadership, the women's sprint relay squad made conference history by becoming the first Big Ten relay team to win the league title and earn All-America recognition for four consecutive years (2001-05).
Coach Beathea spent two years at Northern Arizona University before to his arrival at Indiana, assisting with the sprinters, horizontal jumpers and men's and women's cross country squads. His time in Flagstaff came on the heels of a successful collegiate career at Ball State, where he holds school records in the 400-meter dash (indoor) and 4x400-meter relay.
Beathea graduated with a bachelor's degree from BSU in 1992 and earned his master's in sports administration while serving as a graduate assistant for the Cardinals in 1994.
A native of Elkhart, Ind., Ed and his wife, Kim, have two daughters, Sarah and Abby.