University of Texas suspends head basketball coach charged in assault of family member

Chris Beard.
Chris Beard.(Austin Police Department)
Published: Dec. 12, 2022 at 1:54 PM CST
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AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) - University of Texas Head Basketball Coach Christopher Michael Beard, 49, was arrested Monday morning on a felony domestic violence charge.

ESPN reported Monday evening the university has suspended Beard, without pay, “until further notice.”

“The University takes matters of interpersonal violence involving members of its community seriously,” the school said in a statement shared by ESPN.

Associate head coach Rodney Terry will reportedly serve as acting head coach for upcoming games.

Austin Police Department officers were called to a disturbance at 12:15 a.m. Dec. 12 to the 1900 block of Vista Lane.

The caller reported the disturbance was no longer ongoing and one of the individuals had left the house.

Authorities responded and located a woman who said she had been assaulted and strangled by Beard.

Beard was taken into custody and booked into the Travis County Jail. He is charged with assault of a family member by strangulation/suffocation.

Beard was the head basketball coach for the Texas Tech Red Raiders from 2016 to 2021.