MADISON, Wis. -- First-year Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen has completed his staff with the hiring of Chris Beatty as the Badgers’ wide receivers coach, Andersen announced Thursday.
Beatty, who has coaching experience in three major FBS conferences, comes to Madison after most recently serving as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Illinois in 2012.
“Chris has a great track record of taking care of young men and making sure they succeed academically, socially and athletically, which is always the top priority with me,” Andersen said. “He has shown that he can recruit at the highest levels of Division I and been very successful at it. The experience he brings coaching wide receivers will be an asset to us. We are very excited to have him, his wife, Kris, and his son, Aaron, joining the Badger family.”
Prior to joining the Illini, Beatty coached wide receivers and served as offensive recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt in 2011. That followed a three-year stint as running backs and slot receivers coach at West Virginia from 2008-10, where he also served as the Mountaineers’ director of recruiting.
Beatty got his start at the FBS level as Northern Illinois’ running backs coach in 2007, taking over for current Wisconsin assistant head coach Thomas Hammock, who held the running backs position with the Huskies from 2005-06.
He began his college coaching career as the offensive coordinator at Hampton, where he also coached quarterbacks and wide receivers in 2006.
Nine of Beatty's former players have gone on to the NFL, and he also has also mentored 13 all-conference performers.
A 1994 graduate of East Tennessee State, where he was a standout wide receiver, Beatty played professionally in the Canadian Football League before becoming a successful high school coach in Virginia. He led Landstown High School to a 40-2 record from 2003-05 and won a state championship with a team that featured Minnesota Vikings WR Percy Harvin.
While at Vanderbilt, he helped the Commodores win the 2011 Liberty Bowl, and he was part of three straight bowl appearances during his time at West Virginia. His stint with the Mountaineers also included the 2010 Big East championship.
While at West Virginia, Beatty coached running back Noel Devine, who rushed for more than 3,600 yards under Beatty’s direction and earned a pair of All-Big East honors.
He also helped guide Northern Illinois running back Justin Anderson rush for 1,245 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore.
In his first season as a college coach, Beatty directed Hampton to the 2006 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship and a berth in the FCS playoffs. The Pirates ranked No. 7 in the FCS with an average of 34.7 points per game, with three of Beatty’s wide receivers -- Dereck Faulkner, Onrea Jones and Marquay McDaniel -- eventually earning playing time in the NFL.