PULLMAN, Wash. -- Jeff Beaman has been named associate head tennis coach at
Washington State University, Cougar Head Coach Lisa Hart announced Monday. Beaman will begin his duties July 31.
"We are thrilled to welcome Coach Beaman to Washington State University,” said Hart. “Jeff brings a vast amount of coaching experience and has been a proven winner throughout his coaching career. In addition to his substantial knowledge of our sport, Jeff is an excellent recruiter and possesses a tremendous work ethic."
Beaman arrives at WSU having spent the past eight seasons as Director of Tennis and both the men’s and women’s head coach at the University of Idaho. There he accumulated a combined record of 269-158, including a 140-69 (.670) mark leading the women. Both the men’s and women’s programs reached the NCAA championship in 2014 after capturing Western Athletic Conference tournament championships. It was the first conference championship in the history of the women’s program and the first for the men since winning the Big Sky title in 1978.
Also in 2014 Beaman coached the WAC Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year, along with the Women’s Freshman of the Year.
“I am looking forward to working with coach Hart and joining WSU Athletics,” said Beaman. “We have had a great working relationship during my time at Idaho and I am also excited to have the chance to work with her great group of young women.”
Beaman is a five-time Coach of the Year, earning the recognition from the WAC in 2014 for both the men and women, 2013 for the men, along with the ITA Mountain Region Coach of the Year honors for the men in 2011 and the women in 2014. He was also selected as the 2009-10 University of Idaho Outstanding Employee.
During his tenure the Idaho women reached a program-best 20 victories twice (2009, 2013) and have reached three-straight WAC Championship matches, culminating with the 2014 title. The women achieved a program-best No. 51 national ranking during its 11-match win streak in 2014. He has also coached the Idaho school record holders in both men’s and women’s career singles wins and men’s career doubles victories.
On the men’s side the program went 22-8 during the 2010 campaign, the most wins under Beaman, and attained a national ranking of No. 46 during the 2011 season, still the highest in school history.
Prior to Idaho, Beaman served as an assistant men's coach at Texas Christian University for one season. In his time at TCU, he helped the Horned Frogs earn a 2006 Mountain West Conference crown, a trip into the second round of the NCAA Tournament and a No. 31 national ranking. Two of the players from that team also earned All-America honors.
Beaman's first stop as a full-time head coach came at Barton County (Kan.) Community College, where he was the head men's and women's tennis coach from 2000-03. From 2001-03, he guided the men's program to three straight top-five finishes in the final NJCAA rankings. The team was second overall in both 2001 and 2002 and fourth in 2003. His women's team finished the 2003 season ranked third in NJCAA. Overall, he coached six ITA All-Americans, 10 NJCAA All-Americans including the number one singles player in the nation in 2003 at Barton County. In 2003, he was also nominated for the Barton County Community College Difference Award.
After Barton County, Beaman moved on to the College of Santa Fe, where he started as an assistant in 2004 and eventually was named head coach in 2005. In the inaugural year of the program in 2004, he helped lead the Spin to a No. 5 national ranking and a quarterfinal appearance at the NAIA national tournament. The team also featured three All-Americans and the NAIA Player of the Year, Ivan Angulo. In 2005, he led the team to a No. 1 final ranking in NAIA and helped five of his players achieve All-America status. Following the season, he was named Coach of the Year for Region 6.
He is a certified Level I and II Tennis Coach by Tennis Canada.
Beaman graduated summa cum laude from Alabama A&M in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education. As a player for the Bulldog tennis team, Beaman was named Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year twice, in 1997-98 and 1998-99. At Barton County Community College he was named all-region, all-conference for singles and doubles.
Beaman is a native of Ottawa, Canada. His wife's name is Lori.