OFFENSIVE COACHING STAFF
JONATHAN BEASLEY | ASSISTANT COACH (RB/TE RECRUITING COORD.)
When the 2019 season starts, Jonathan Beasley will begin his eighth year on the Tarleton coaching staff working with running backs, tight ends, and quarterbacks, as well as his fifth season as the Recruiting Coordinator and third year as the Co-Offensive Coordinator.
Beasley helped transform the Tarleton offense into the most prolific rushing attack in the country and the best season in school history with a 12-1 record, the first outright LSC championship and advanced to the NCAA regional finals. Behind a pair of 1,000-yard running backs in Xavier Turner and Daniel McCants, the Texans rushed for a school record 4,301 yards and 310 yards per game, ranking third in the country and the best for a non-option offense. Turner, a Harlon Hill nominee and LSC Offensive Back of the Year, ran for 1,469 yards and 22 touchdowns while McCants had 1,141 yards and eight touchdowns. With the help of Beasley’s coaching, Xavier Turner signed a free agent deal with the Arizona Cardinals.
While also coaching the quarterbacks, Ben Holmes had one of the most dynamic seasons the Texans have ever seen from a quarterback. Holmes threw for 2,659 yards and completed 58.3 percent of his passes for 28 touchdowns and only six interceptions. Holmes also ran for 501 yards and two scores.
Beasley coached four all-conference players between the running backs, quarterbacks and tight ends: Turner, McCants, Holmes and Brant Bailey. Turner went on to earn Don Hansen All-America honors as well.
Beasley took over coaching the running backs and tight ends in 2016 and has seen much success from his student-athletes. In that first year, his running backs combined for 1,060 yards and 10 touchdowns while freshman tight end Brant Bailey took home second-team All-LSC recognition in his debut season under Beasley’s leadership. Last year, Beasley helped Xavier Turner earn All-LSC Second Team honors in a breakout season that saw the junior rush for 765 yards and 11 touchdowns. Turner also became the second player in school history to rush, catch, and throw for a touchdown in a single game – which he did at Midwestern State on Nov. 4.
In his first four seasons at Tarleton, he was the primary wide receivers coach and led two of the top wide receivers in this history of Texan Football – Clifton Rhodes III and Le’Nard Meyers. Rhodes ended his career as the school’s all-time leader in receptions (209) and receiving yards (2,757) while Meyers is second in receptions (202), fourth in yards (2,580), and the all-time leader in receiving touchdowns (27). Meyers also tied Devin Guinn for the school record mark in 100-yard receiving games (10).
Under Beasley’s leadership, Meyers had a banner year in 2015 as a senior. The Texan receiver from Gatesville was a first-team All-LSC selection, two-time all-region award winner, and a third-team All-America selection as well as being named the Lone Star Conference Receiver of the Year.
In 2014, the Texans boasted one of the top receiving corps in the nation with the trio of Le'Nard Meyers, Bubba Tandy and Clifton Rhodes III, who ultimately set the school record for most receptions and most receiving yards in school history. For the second straight season, Beasley's receiving corps had four players top the 400-yard receiving plateau with Tandy leading the way with 830 yards and Meyers checking in at 755. Rhodes III (556) and Tyler Wright (432) were the other top receivers for the Texans while Rhodes, Tandy and Meyers were named all-conference at receiver.
Beasley also spent the 2014 as the team's Academic Coordinator and the Texans had three Texans named to the league Academic All-Conference team and Charles Moore was named an Academic All-America honoree and National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and finalist for the William V. Campbell trophy.
In 2013, Beasley helped sophomore Le’Nard Meyers have a breakout season with a team-best 731 yards on 58 receptions, including a career-high 178 yards on nine catches and two touchdowns to power a 24-point comeback win against No. 4 West Texas A&M on Oct. 12. Meyers wasn’t the only Texan receiver to shine under Beasley’s tutelage as Meyers, Clifton Rhodes III (675), Bubba Tandy (498) and Jeken Frye (419) all topped the 400-yard receiving plateau. Beasley’s receivers had five 100-yard receiving games in 2013.
In Beasley’s first season with Tarleton, he helped the Texan receivers combine for over 2,500 yards and 18 touchdowns with two receivers amassing more than 670 yards individually.
In his Tarleton career has had a total of four different receivers, one running back and one tight end earn All-LSC honors.
Beasley, a former star quarterback at Kansas State, came to Tarleton after coaching three years at his alma mater as an offensive assistant coach. Beasley returned to his alma mater and served as the wide receivers coach after being an assistant coach at Montana State in 2007 and 2008.
The Bobcats went 13-10 over Beasley’s two seasons. As part of the Bobcat coaching staff, Beasley also assisted with the weekly implementation of the offensive game plan and served as the MSU Community Service Coordinator.
Before arriving at Montana State, Beasley served as a graduate assistant at Emporia State as well as quarterbacks and running backs coach at Wichita North High in 2006 and JV and freshmen quarterbacks’ coach at Cactus High in Glendale, Ariz. in 2003.
He played professionally for the Wichita Aviators in the APFL (2005), the Wichita Stealth in Arena II (2004), the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars (2003), the NFL Detroit Lions (2003), and NFL Green Bay Packers (2001). He also played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (2001-02). His time in Wichita earned him a spot in the Kanas Indoor Professional Football Hall of Fame with the Class of 2016. The Wichita Eagle also named him one of the Top-10 All-Time Greatest Indoor Football players.
A native of Glendale, Ariz., Beasley was a third-team All-Big XII selection at quarterback for K-State in 2000 and earned MVP honors in the 2001 Cotton Bowl, where K-State defeated Tennessee 35-21 and Beasley earned MVP honors after scoring three touchdowns on 98 yards rushing and 210 yards passing, and 1999 Holiday Bowl. He also earned MVP and team captain honors for the 2001 Hula Bowl and was the team captain for the 2001 East-West Shrine Game.
Beasley was a two-year starter at Kansas State, compiling a 132.7 pass efficiency rating in 2000, the top mark in school history to that point. He threw for over 30 touchdowns in his career and finished with 4,642 career passing yards. He holds the school record for most yards per completion for a game (23.9), season (20.1) and career (17.9) while also compiling a 21-4 record in two seasons as the Wildcat starting quarterback.
He led K-State to a Big 12 Championship Game appearance against Oklahoma as a senior, and led the Wildcats to a win over Nebraska that same season by throwing a game-winning 12-yard scoring strike in the game’s final three minutes.
Beasley married his wife, Amanda, in July 2014 and has a son, Tanner, and a daughter, Olivia.
SCOTT CAREY | Assistant Football Coach (OL/Co-Offensive Coord.)
When the 2019 football season begins, Tarleton alumnus Scott Carey will begin his second season with Tarleton Football as the co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
In Carey’s first year at Tarleton, he helped lead the biggest turnaround in program history. The Texans went 12-1, capturing the school’s first outright LSC title and advanced to the NCAA regional finals for the first time. Carey’s offensive linemen helped pave the way for the best rushing offense in the country as the Texans ran for 4,301 yards and 310 yards per game. All five offensive linemen were named all-LSC in 2018. Senior OT Deon Sheppard arguably had the best individual season in school history, collecting a school-record four All-America honors, D2CCA all-region, the LSC Offensive Lineman of the Year and first team All-LSC. Carey also coached Jovan Pruitt to honorable mention All-America honors and first team All-LSC. Israel Lorenzo, Wesley Hooks and Noah Perez were named honorable mention All-LSC under Carey.
Carey’s ties to Tarleton run deep after starring on the field for the Texans as a four-year letterman on the offensive line from 1994 to 1997, including as a junior during Whitten’s first Stephenville stop in 1996.
After his playing days, Carey ventured out to Northeastern State and Colorado Mines to begin his coaching career and found early success with an LSC championship in 2000 and a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship in 2004. Carey’s 2004 team at Colorado Mines also boasted the nation’s top player as Carey’s offensive line oversaw the protection of Harlon Hill Trophy winner Chad Friehauf and the Mines offense was ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation in passing offense, No. 2 in total offense and sixth in scoring offense that season. Under Carey's tutelage, Travis Yenne was a two-time All-American (2004-05) and earned RMAC Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2005.
His success allowed him the opportunity to return to his alma mater in 2006 when he joined Sam McElroy’s coaching staff at Tarleton as the offensive line coach. Carey and the Texans saw immediate success as they shared the LSC South Division title in 2006 and the league title again in 2009. Also in 2009, Carey and the Texans advanced two rounds deep in the NCAA playoffs after upsetting Texas A&M-Kingsville on the road in double overtime.
Tarleton rushed for 143.3 yards per game and 26 touchdowns during that playoff-bound 2009 campaign. The Texans also averaged 386.2 yards of total offense per game, outscored their opponents by more than 10 points per game, and converted on 85% (40-of-47) of their red-zone opportunities that season.
In 2008, the Tarleton offense boasted the league’s second-best rushing attack at 187.2 yards per game to go along with 375.5 yards of total offense per game. The Texans saw their feature running back, Roderick Smith, rush for 1,024 yards and earn first team all-LSC accolades.
In 2007, the Tarleton front five paved the way for an average of 452.2 yards of total offense per game, including 175.5 yards per game on the ground. Three Tarleton offensive linemen earned All-LSC accolades in 2007, including a pair of first team honorees. In Carey’s debut season as a coach for Tarleton in 2006, the Texans' offensive line helped Tarleton average 370.6 yards of total offense per game. Tarleton’s offensive line blocked for the LSC South Division Offensive Back of the Year in Michael Sampson and the LSC South Division Co-Freshman of the Year in Smith.
During his five years as a coach at Tarleton, the Texans were 36-20 with two LSC championships. Carey spent time as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach over the span.
After leaving Tarleton after 2010, Carey returned to Colorado Mines for three seasons and then came back to Texas for three years as the offensive line coach for now-NCAA Division I Abilene Christian. He spent the 2017 season at McGregor High School.
In his return to Golden, Colo., in 2011, Carey’s group of offensive linemen tied for second in the RMAC in fewest sacks allowed (23) and the Mines offense led the conference and finished eighth nationally with 305.9 passing yards per game. The offense finished 42nd nationally with 31.6 points per game and 48th nationally with 401.6 yards of total offense per game. Quarterback Clay Garcia led the RMAC in passing yards (3,123) and running back Dan Palmer led the conference in rushing yards per game (92.4). Palmer's 1,016 rushing yards are the third-most in school history and just the third 1,00-yard season by a Mines running back in school history.
Carey, a native of Killeen, graduated from Killeen High School in 1993 before coming to Tarleton. He graduated with his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Tarleton in 1997 and earned a master’s degree in college teaching from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma in 2001.
He resides in Stephenville with his wife, Danielle, who earned her master’s degree and was a graduate assistant basketball coach for Tarleton in 2008-09. The couple has two sons, Gabe and Eli.