Courtesy Pittsburg State Sports Information
PITTSBURG — Pittsburg State University announced Monday that head football coach Tim Beck has resigned from his position.
Beck completed his 10th season as head coach of the Gorillas Saturday (Nov. 16) with a 65-6 home victory over Missouri Southern State University. He compiled an 82-35 (.701) overall record as head coach.
The 33-year veteran of the Pitt State coaching staff helped the program post a 314-85-2 (.786) during his decorated tenure from 1987-2019, winning two national championships and 14 conference championships while earning 20 national playoff appearances.
"On behalf of everyone at Pittsburg State University, I want to thank Coach Beck for his tremendous service to his alma mater," Pitt State athletic director Jim Johnson said. "We are grateful for everything Tim has done to help further the tradition and legacy of Pitt State football. We wish he and his family nothing but the best moving forward."
Beck led his alma mater (PSU, '88) to the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championship, earning national coach of the year honors from Liberty Mutual, the Don Hansen Football Committee and FieldTurf™.
Beck became the school's 14th all-time head football coach in December 2009, after serving for 23 seasons as an assistant coach for the Gorillas. He served 16 years as the team's offensive coordinator from 1994-2009.
Beck's tenure as head coach included a pair of MIAA Championships and NCAA Division II playoff appearances in 2011 and 2014 as well as an 8-1 overall postseason record.
In 2011, Beck led the Gorillas to the program's second NCAA national championship and the school's fourth national title overall in a 13-1 campaign. Pitt State captured the MIAA Championship and ultimately the NCAA-II National Championship with a 35-21 victory over Wayne (Mich.) State University on Dec. 17, 2011.
During his 16 seasons as offensive coordinator, the Gorilla offense consistently ranked among the finest units in NCAA Division II.
In 2008, Beck was selected the inaugural NCAA Division II Coordinator of the Year byFootballScoop.com, following a vote of his coaching peers.
In 2004, Beck's offensive unit established itself as the most prolific squad in the history of NCAA football. PSU shattered a 118-year-old scoring record, scoring an amazing 837 points (55.8 ppg). His squad also set the NCAA all division records for rushing (5,320 yards) and total offense (8,976 yards).
Prior to assuming the offensive coordinator's role, Beck served two years as Pitt State's defensive coordinator (1992-93). He became a full-time assistant on the Pitt State staff in 1989, after serving first as a student assistant (1987) and then as a graduate assistant (1988).
Johnson indicated the university will launch a national search to fill Beck's position.