UT's new head coach comes from Oklahoma's defense

TOLEDO - The University of Toledo has named Tim Beckman, defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State, as its new head football coach.

He grew up in the Cleveland area and will be moving to Toledo with his wife and three children.

The full press conference, which took place Thursday afternoon, will be loaded here momentarily.

From our media partner, the Toledo Blade:

A native of Berea, Ohio, Mr. Beckman would become the 25th football coach in UT history, replacing Mr. Amstutz, who stepped down after eight years.

Mr. Beckman, 43, is a familiar name to northwest Ohio football fans after he spent seven years coaching defense at Bowling Green, six as the Falcons' defensive coordinator.

He was hired in 1998 by coach Gary Blackney and worked under coaches Urban Meyer and Gregg Brandon.

Mr. Beckman helped the Falcons to the 2003 Mid-American Conference West division title and victories in two bowl games. In 2001, his Falcon defense led the MAC in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense, and turnovers.

In 2005, he left Bowling Green to become the cornerbacks coach at Ohio State. He worked under head coach Jim Tressel for two seasons, helping the Buckeyes to the national championship game in 2007.

He then took the defensive coordinator position at Oklahoma State under head coach Mike Gundy.

A University of Findlay graduate, Mr. Beckman has been with the No. 14-ranked Cowboys for two seasons. This year Oklahoma State finished with a 9-3 regular-season record, climbing as high as sixth in the polls in the middle of the season.

Their signature win at then-No. 3 Missouri on Oct. 11 was driven by the Cowboy defense's three second-half interceptions.

Mr. Beckman also has coaching experience at Western Carolina from 1990 to '95 and Elon College from 1996 to '97.

In addition to Mr. Beckman, Mr. O'Brien interviewed Missouri defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus.

With four coaching openings in the Mid-American Conference, the Rockets are the first to fill their position.