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April 29, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio: Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel has filled the vacancy on his staff by hiring Bowling Green assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Tim Beckman.

Beckman, who has been a member of the Bowling Green staff since 1998, replaces Mark Snyder who recently became the head coach at Marshall University. At Ohio State, the 39-year-old Beckman will work with the Buckeyes’ cornerbacks and will be involved in all aspects of the defensive operation.

Prior to Bowling Green, Beckman coached at Elon University and Western Carolina. He also spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Auburn, including the 1989 campaign which concluded with the Buckeyes and Tigers meeting in the 1990 Hall of Fame Bowl.

While at Bowling Green, Beckman was a three-time nominee for the Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year Award and was a finalist for that honor in 2001, when the Falcons led the Mid-American Conference in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense, total turnovers gained and scoring margin.

“Tim is a great addition to our staff,” said Tressel. “He really knows the game, he has worked under three excellent coaches at Bowling Green in Gary Blackney, Urban Meyer and Gregg Brandon and he is an excellent recruiter.”

Beckman is a native of Berea, Ohio and a 1988 graduate of the University of Findlay. He lettered for the Oilers in 1984 and ’85, with both of those teams qualifying for the NAIA playoffs.

Beckman began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Auburn in 1988. While working with the Tigers’ defensive backs, he was awarded his master’s degree in education.

Beckman’s first full-time job came in 1990 at Western Carolina, where he served as secondary coach and recruiting coordinator.

Beckman left Western Carolina after the 1996 season to become defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Elon. He was there just one full season before moving on to Bowling Green as secondary coach and recruiting coordinator. He was named defensive coordinator in 2002 and assistant head coach in 2003.

“This gives us a really solid defensive staff,” said Tressel. “With Jim Heacock (defensive line) and Luke Fickell (linebackers) on the front end and Paul Haynes (safeties) and Tim on the back end, we have four excellent coaches.”

Beckman comes from a football family. His father, Dave, coached on the collegiate level (Iowa) and later was an assistant in the NFL with both the Cleveland Browns and the San Diego Chargers. He also was head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the CFL. The elder Beckman played his college football at Baldwin Wallace under Lee Tressel.

“Growing up in Ohio and in a coaching family, the opportunity to coach at Ohio State is a dream-come-true for me,” said Beckman.

Beckman and his wife, Kimberly, have three children: Tyler, Lindsay and Alex.

In a related move, Tressel announced that wide receivers coach Darrell Hazell will assume the duties of assistant head coach.

“Darrell is a very talented coach and has done a great job for us,” said Tressel. “Now, in addition to coaching, he will take on a few more administrative duties that had been handled by Jim Heacock.”