Jan. 14, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State coach Urban Meyer today announced that Ed Warinner has been promoted to offensive coordinator and that Tim Beck, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Nebraska the past four years, has joined the staff as co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.
Warinner, co-offensive coordinator the past three years in addition to his offensive line duties, has been instrumental in Ohio State’s record-setting offenses that have set dozens of school and Big Ten records, including season marks – twice – for points (including 672 in 2014) and touchdowns (90 in 2014), a Big Ten record for rushing yards (4,321 in 2013) and school records for passing yards (3,707 in 2014) and passing touchdowns (42 in 2014).
“Ed Warinner is certainly deserving, experienced and well-qualified for the offensive coordinator position,” Meyer said. “I’m pleased to be able to promote from within our program and I believe he is going to be an excellent coordinator for us.”
Warinner represents the sixth offensive coordinator to work under Meyer and the previous five have all become head coaches, including Tom Herman, now the Houston coach. While the coordinators may have changed, Meyer’s offensive systems have remained offensive machines. Consider:
Warinner’s coaching career includes 12 years in a coordinator position, including head offensive coordinator positions for three record-setting Kansas Jayhawks teams, including the 2007 unit that averaged 479.8 yards and 42.8 points per game. He also has two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Army among his 32 seasons as a collegiate coach.
Beck has a 26-year coaching resume that includes 16 seasons in the collegiate ranks and another 10 seasons in high school coaching, including nine years as a high school head coach.
“I have known Tim for several years and have also watched and competed against him,” Meyer said. “I have always respected his knowledge of the game and he is respected in the profession. I always look for coordinators and co-coordinators who will mesh with our staff, our style and can make us better. I believe Tim will do just that.”
“I am extremely excited to be joining the Ohio State coaching staff,” Beck said. “It’s quite an honor, being an Ohio guy and growing up here and now having the opportunity to work at The Ohio State University. Words can’t explain it. I’m just really excited and I’m looking forward to working with coach Meyer, and to learn from him and to help the coaches there continue with the successes they have already started.”
Beck’s Nebraska offenses the past four years (2011-14) have ranked fifth, first, sixth and fourth in the Big Ten Conference, respectively, and his passing attack has amassed more than 10,000 yards during that time with 86 touchdowns. Beck directed Nebraska’s passing to two of the Top 6 single season totals in school history and he has coached two of the four Nebraska quarterbacks who have topped 3,000 yards of total offense in a single season.
During this time, quarterback Taylor Martinez developed into a record-setting quarterback for the Cornhuskers and was the league coaches’ choice as the all-Big Ten Conference quarterback following the 2012 regular season. Nebraska players broke more than 50 individual records in Beck’s four seasons running the offense and the quarterbacks, including:
A two-time nominee for the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach (2012 and 2013), Beck has worked on the Nebraska staff, under Bo Pelini, for the past seven years. His first three seasons there he was the Cornhuskers’ running backs coach. Nebraska never won fewer than nine games during his seven seasons on staff, advanced to the 2012 Big Ten title game and played in seven bowl games. The Cornhuskers played in the Big 12 championship game in 2010 and the Big Ten championship game in 2012.
Another Ohio native on the Buckeye staff, Beck is from Youngstown and is a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School, which has produced no less than five major college head coaches recently, including Bob Stoops (Oklahoma), Bo Pelini (former Nebraska coach now at Youngstown State), Mark Stoops (Kentucky), Mike Stoops (former Arizona coach now at Oklahoma) and Carl Pelini (former Florida Atlantic coach).
After graduating from Mooney, Beck played one year of football at Central Florida (1985) and he graduated from there in 1988 with a degree in liberal studies. He also has a master’s in counseling and guidance from Kansas State University (1992).
Beck started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Miramar (Fla.) High School for the 1988 and 1989 seasons and then moved to Illinois State as outside linebackers and punters coach in 1990.
He then spent two seasons on Bill Snyder’s Kansas State staff (1991-92) as a graduate assistant.
Beck was a high school head coach in nine of the next 12 seasons, positions that were sandwiched around a three-year stay at Missouri State where he was offensive coordinator between 1996-98. He was head coach at Saguaro H.S., in Scottsdale, Ariz., from 1993-95; at R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton, Texas from 1999-2001, and at Mansfield (Texas) Summit H.S. from 2002-04.
His high school accomplishments included leading Summit to the state playoffs, Carrollton to back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in 35 years, and Saguaro to the 1995 4A state championship. He was the 2003 Dallas Fort Worth District coach of the year while at Summit and the 2000 district coach of the year while at Turner.
Beck then moved on to the University of Kansas. He was the Jayhawks’ receivers coach each of his three seasons in Lawrence, and he was promoted to pass game coordinator in February of 2007 where he worked under Warinner. Kansas finished second nationally in scoring offense in 2007 (42.8 ppg), eighth in total offense (479.8 ypg) and 17th in passing (291.0 ypg) and went 12-1 with a 24-21 victory over Virginia Tech in the Fed Ex Orange Bowl and a final national ranking of No. 7.
In 2008, Beck was hired at Nebraska.
Beck and his wife, Tamara, have two children: a son, Jordan, and a daughter, Haylie Marie. Beck has family throughout Ohio: parents in Hudson; a sister in Macedonia; a brother in Youngstown; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews scattered around the state.