Tim Beckman
Tim Beckman
Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Line

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Year By Year

2007-presentOklahoma StateDefensive Coordinator
2005-2006Ohio StateCornerbacks
1998-2004Bowling GreenDef. Coordinator/Asst. Head Coach
1996-1997Elon CollegeDefensive and Recruiting Coordinator
1990-1995Western CarolinaSecondary/Recruiting Coordinator
1989AuburnGraduate Assistant
1988AuburnGraduate Assistant

Bowl Games

2007Insight Bowl
2006BCS National Championship Game
2005Fiesta Bowl
2004GMAC Bowl
2003Motor City Bowl
1989Hall of Fame
1988Sugar Bowl

Prominent Pupils

Brandon Mitchell, Ohio State (Houston Texans)
Tyler Everett, Ohio State (Dallas Cowboys)
Chris Galantizs, Bowling Green State
Brandon Hicks, Bowling Green State
Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State
Joe O'Neil, Bowling Green State
Kevin O'Neil, Bowling Green State
Jansen Patten, Bowling Green State
Nate Salley, Ohio State (Carolina Panthers)
Antonio Smith, Ohio State
Donte Whitner, Ohio State (Buffalo Bills)
Willie Williams, Western Carolina
Ashton Youboty, Ohio State (Buffalo Bills)

Coaching Career

  • Tim Beckman arrived in Stillwater in February of 2007, just a few weeks removed from coaching in the BCS national championship game at Ohio State.
  • Coached Donovan Woods, Marque Fountain and Rod Johnson in his first year with the Cowboys. All three participated in NFL camps in 2008. Under Beckman's guidance, Nathan Peterson earned second-team all-Big 12 honors and led the league with six sacks in conference games.
  • Has been an assistant for two coaches with national titles: Urban Meyer and Jim Tressel.
  • Has had his teams ranked in the top-25 each of the last seven years.
  • With Beckman mentoring the Buckeye cornerbacks in 2006, Ohio State ended the year No. 12 nationally in total defense, allowing just 280.5 yards per game. The Buckeyes were fifth in the country in scoring defense, yielding only 12.8 points per game and Antonio Smith was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award in 2006.
  • Beckman helped coach an Ohio State defense that ranked as one of the nation's best against the run and was fifth in total defense in 2005. The Buckeyes finished fourth in both major polls. During his stay at Ohio State, the Buckeyes were 22-3 with appearances in the Fiesta Bowl and the BCS championship game. Along the way he coached six all-Big Ten defensive backs, a freshman All-American, and a Jim Thorpe semi-finalist.
  • At Bowling Green, Beckman was a three-time nominee for the Frank Broyles Award, presented annually to the nation's top assistant coach. He was a finalist in 2001 when the Falcons led the Mid-American Conference in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense, turnovers gained and scoring margin. College Football News named him one of America's top defensive coordinators.
  • During his stay at Bowling Green, the Falcons won two bowl games, a MAC division title and finished ranked in the national polls three times.
  • Prior to his time at Bowling Green, Beckman served as defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Elon College from 1996-97.
  • His first full-time coaching job came at Western Carolina, where he coached the secondary and served as recruiting coordinator from 1990-95. He coached two of the top defenses in the Southern Conference during his time with the Catamounts.
  • Began his coaching career in 1988 as a graduate assistant at Auburn, where he earned his master's degree in education.


  • Among his coaching influences is his father, Dave Beckman. The elder Beckman coached on the collegiate level and served as head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League for one season. He also worked for the Cleveland Browns and the San Diego Chargers in the NFL.
  • Beckman and his wife, Kim, have three children: Tyler (17), Lindsay (15), and Alex (11).
  • A 1988 graduate of the University of Findlay, Beckman majored in physical education and lettered in 1984 and 1985 on Oiler teams which qualified for the NAIA national playoffs both seasons. He attended Forest Park High School in Beaumont, Texas, for two years before completing high school at Berea High School.

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