Jeremy Beard enters his second season at Western Nevada College serving as the program's pitching coach. Coach Beard came to WNC after spending nine years coaching pitchers at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Wash. In addition to coaching the team's pitchers, Beard served as assistant athletic director and recruiting coordinator.
Coach Beard's impact on the Wildcat program has been monumental. In fall 2010, he inherited a staff four weeks before the season started, which returned just two pitchers with a combined 4 starts from the season before. He was able to lead this very young pitching staff to the best record in the history of the Scenic West Conference. Wildcat hurlers won 37 of 40 conference games despite facing the top-ranked Salt Lake Bruins eight times in the regular season.
Beard was instrumental in developing sophomores Tim Peterson, Chris Garrison and Kody Gorden into DI scholarship pitchers. Seven of his freshman pitchers earned a win or save, and the entire staff of pitchers improved remarkably over the course of the season.
"Coach Beard has a veteran presence that oozed confidence into our young hurlers", said Coach Whittemore. "Jeremy brings a unique combination of personal connection with each pitcher and sound knowledge of pitching mechanics that makes him an outstanding teacher."
During Beard's time at Columbia Basin College, the Hawks' record was 309-84 (.786 winning percentage), winning six conference championships and qualifying for the NWAACC Championship Tournament all nine seasons. Under Beard's leadership the Hawks won the 2006 NWAACC Championship for the second time in school history. His pitchers won the region pitching title all nine seasons, and they owned the NWAACC record for earned run average (1.36) and strikeouts (470). As a major contributor in the recruiting process at CBC, Beard was able to sustain a nationally-ranked program six of nine seasons, including three top ten rankings. Over 100 players moved on to quality four-year institutions, with half earning Division I scholarships. Coach Beard's players signed to play in the Pac-10, SEC, WCC, ACC, WAC, Big 12, Big West, and others. Twenty-seven of Beard's players have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft.
Beard began his coaching career at his Alma mater, Oregon State University under head coach, Pat Casey. After one season as an undergraduate assistant, he was hired as the head baseball coach at Central Catholic High School in Portland, Oreg. Shortly after taking the job at Central Catholic, Beard hired DJ Whittemore as his top assistant coach, where the two successfully managed two American Legion baseball programs (Northwest Subaru) in addition to the high school program. After three seasons at CCHS, Beard was hired at Columbia Basin College as an Athletic Department administrator and baseball coach. Serving as the Associate Athletic Director and Associate Head Baseball Coach under Head Coach Steve Farrington, Beard played a major role in the daily operations and fundraising for the college. He also served as an associate scout for the Florida Marlins and the Boston Red Sox for five years.
As a player, Beard was a standout at Oregon State University under Jack Riley and Pat Casey. He helped the Beavers to a Pac-10 North Championship winning nine games as a starter on OSU's record- breaking pitching staff in 1994. He was named the Bill Bonser Award winner for Most Improved Player and the Most Valuable Player of the San Jose State Invite. In 1995, Beard was named the Beavers' Team Captain helping Casey in his inaugural season. Prior to OSU, Beard played at Linn-Benton CC under Head Coach, Greg Hawk. While at LBCC, Beard earned All-Southern Region honors and served as the program's team captain.
Beard has been blessed to have been influenced by some incredible baseball minds including Jack Riley (Oregon State University), Mickey Riley (Oregon State University), Pat Casey (Oregon State University), Scott Rogers (Columbia Basin College), Steve Farrington (Washington State University/Columbia Basin College), Gary Henderson (University of Kentucky), Kelly Smith (Lower Columbia College), and Ken Knutson (University of Washington/Arizona State University), among others.
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest's Willamette Valley, Beard excelled in three sports at North Salem High School before attending Tigard High School his senior season. While enjoying the thrill of many accomplishments on the field, Beard prides himself on graduating from OSU with a BS degree in Education and earning a Master's degree in Education at American Intercontinental University. He and his wife of 12 years, Annie, have two boys, Logan (7) and Wyatt (5).