Aug. 14, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ed Beathea was hired as Ohio State men’s track and field assistant coach Monday, in an announcement made by men’s head coach Robert Gary. Beathea has spent the past 10 seasons coaching sprints and hurdles at Indiana. In addition, Beathea will handle horizontal jumps for the Buckeyes.

“I have been impressed with Coach Beathea’s athletes’ athletic performances as well as the character they show when competing,” Gary, who was named men’s head coach in July, said. “His experience in the conference will prove invaluable to our sprinters and jumpers.

“We share a great vision and are extremely excited about the opportunity to recruit the state and build a solid program that becomes a fixture near the top of the Big Ten. I look forward to filling out our staff with another strong assistant in the throws area as soon as possible.”

A native of Elkhart, Ind., and graduate of Ball State, Beathea was promoted to associate head coach at Indiana in 2003. In his decade with the Hoosiers, Beathea guided 32 Big Ten sprint and hurdles champions.

“The opportunity to come to Ohio State and work with Robert Gary is exciting,” Beathea said. “I have known Robert for years and I know we will work well together. The men’s track and field program at Ohio State has a lot of potential. I anticipate Ohio State to be a contender in the Big Ten and I envision us being in Columbus for a long time working toward being a consistent national contender as well.

“This also is a great opportunity for my family. Columbus is a great city. We look forward to the move and getting started.”

Beathea was named an assistant coach at Indiana after serving two years at Northern Arizona University, where he was responsible for the sprinters and horizontal jumpers while assisting with the men’s and women’s cross country squads.

Most recently, Beathea coached Indiana sprinter David Neville to outdoor Big Ten titles in the 200- and 400-meter dashes in 2006. Neville went on to place third in the 400m at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Indoors, Neville claimed runner-up in the 400m NCAA championship event. IU’s 4x400m team, anchored by Neville, also claimed the 2006 Big Ten title.

Beathea also led Indiana’s women’s 4×100-meter relay team to a Big Ten title in 2003. That team included Rachelle (Boone) Smith, the 2006 USA Outdoor champion in the 200m. Under Beathea, Indiana’s women’s sprint relay squad made conference history by becoming the first Big Ten relay team to win the league title and earn All-America recognition for four consecutive years (2001-05).

As a student-athlete at Ball State, Beathea competed in the 400m for the Cardinals. He was the school record holder in the indoor 400m and a member of the school record-setting 4x400m relay team. Beathea graduated with a bachelor’s degree from BSU in 1992. While serving as a graduate assistant for the Cardinals, he earned his master’s in sports administration in 1994. Ed and his wife, Kim, and have two daughters, Sarah and Abby.