Assistant Coach/Running Backs
Taking over as the Northern Illinois running backs coach in 2007 is Virginia native Chris Beatty. Beatty comes to NIU after a successful season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, where he helped lead the Pirates to a 10-2 overall record and a spot in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs in 2006.
Beatty will tutor a group that has historically been one of the most successful on the Huskie offense as a Northern Illinois player has rushed for 1,000 or more yards in each of the last eight seasons. His charge will be to replace NIU career leader and Chicago Bears' third-round draft pick Garrett Wolfe, the NCAA's leading rusher a year ago.
"Chris is a very sharp young coach and he brings new ideas and new perspective to our offensive coaching staff," said NIU Head Coach Joe Novak when Beatty was hired in February. "He has had suc-cess at every level of football and we're excited to have him join us."
Hampton also won the 2006 Mideastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship with a 6-1 record before falling to New Hampshire in the first round of the FCS (formerly Division I-AA) playoffs. A year ago, Hampton boasted the No. 7 scoring offense in the FCS at 34.2 points per game behind the MEAC's all-time leading rusher, Alonzo Coleman, who gained 1,052 yards in 2006.
Hampton had one player drafted and six more sign free agent contracts with NFL teams following the 2006 season, including four offensive players.
Prior to going to Hampton, Beatty was a highly-successful high school coach in Virginia who compiled a 78-18 record at three different high schools, including a 40-2 mark at his final prep stop at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, Va. The Eagles made three consecutive appearances in the Virginia AAA championship game under his guidance and won the 2004 state title when he was named the 2004 Virginia High School League (VHSL) AAA Coach of the Year.
Known for his high-powered offenses, Beatty also coached at Salem (Va.) High School and at North Stafford High School where he helped lead both teams to the playoffs. While in the Virginia prep ranks, he coordinated the offense that produced the top four passers in VHSL history and guided the only two teams in state history to boast a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard receiver and a 1,000-yard rusher in the same season.
Beatty earned his bachelor's degree from East Tennessee State University where he was a four-year starter at wide receiver for the Buccaneers, earning All-Southern Conference honors as a senior. After leaving ETSU as the school's all-time leader in receiving yards, he went on to play with the Baltimore Stallions (1995) and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1997) of the Canadian Football League before embarking on his coaching career.
2007-present, Northern Illinois, RB
2006, Hampton (Va.), OC/QB
2003-05, Landstown (Va.) HS, HC
2001-02, Salem (Va.) HS, HC
1998-2000, North Stafford (Va.) HS, HC
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL), 1997
Baltimore Stallions (CFL), 1995
East Tennessee State, 1991-94
As a Coach
2006 FCS Playoffs First Round
College: East Tennessee State (1995)
High School: Chantilly (Va.) HS (1991)
Birthdate: June 19, 1973
Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas
Hometown: Centreville, Va.