A two-time All-WVIAC selection at Division II Shepherd, Beard returns for his fourth season at Stevenson in 2014 and his first as assistant head coach. He also coaches the offensive line and serves as the team's run game coordinator.
Since the inaugural season in 2011, the Mustangs have boasted a 100-yard rusher in 16 out of 30 games, including three over 200 yards. A total of five different players have rushed for 100 yards in school history.
Last season, the Mustangs ranked sixth in the conference in rushing offense and second in fewest sacks allowed. In addition, senior David Wright was named to the All-MAC Second Team while junior Billy Gunther earned honorable mention honors.
In 2012, left tackle Ricky Congo was named to the All-MAC Second Team as the team ranked third in the conference in rushing offense and boasted the MAC Rookie of the Year in freshman running back K.K. Smith.
Beard came to Stevenson from St. Anselm College in New Hampshire where he served as the team's offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. In 2009, he worked as the assistant offensive line coach at Division I Towson under John Donatelli.
Beard began his coaching career in 2007 as a graduate assistant at Division II Clarion for offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Dave Durish. While there, Beard worked with the offensive line, tight ends and wide receivers. He mentored three All-PSAC Western Division selections with the Golden Eagles as offensive tackle Mike O'Brien earned second team honors in 2007 and receivers Jacques Robinson and Alfonso Hoggard were each named to the second team in 2008.
While at Clarion, Beard participated in several summer football camps, including those at N.C. State and the University of Pittsburgh. He was also a member of the coaching staff at Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp in 2011.
A 2006 graduate of Shepherd with a bachelor's degree in business administration and a minor in coaching, Beard was a two-year starter at center. He earned all-conference honors as a junior and senior while helping the Rams to back-to-back undefeated regular seasons in 2005 and 2006. He was also a team captain as a senior.
Beard earned his master's degree in education from Clarion in 2008.