AUSTIN (KXAN) — University of Texas men’s basketball coach Chris Beard was suspended from his position without pay after he was arrested early Monday morning. UT announced associate head coach Rodney Terry will take over as acting coach for Monday’s game against Rice.
Beard was arrested on an assault on a family/household member charge, according to online jail records.
The University of Texas released this statement Monday evening:
“The University takes matters of interpersonal violence involving members of its community seriously. Given the information available, The University has suspended Chris Beard from his position as head coach of Men’s Basketball and will withhold his pay until further notice.”
Records state Beard was booked at 4:18 a.m. Monday. Around 3 p.m. Monday, Beard walked out of the Travis County Jail on bond.
During an initial court hearing with a magistrate, an emergency protective order was issued for two months. He has to stay 200 yards away from the home where the alleged assault took place, he has to stay at least 200 yards away from the victim at all times while the case is in court and he can’t possess a firearm or ammunition.
APD said it was called to the 1900 block of Vista Lane at 12:15 a.m., Monday for a disturbance in connection with Beard’s arrest. That’s in the Tarrytown neighborhood. According to an APD press release, when officers responded to the address they found a woman who said Beard choked her. APD wants anyone with more information about what happened to call them at 512-974-TIPS.
Longhorns coaching staff
Rodney Terry has the title of Longhorns associate head coach with more than 27 years of college coaching experience. Terry joined Beard’s staff in 2021 after head coaching jobs at UTEP (2018-2021) and Fresno State (2011-2018). Terry was an assistant coach on Rick Barnes’ Texas staff from 2002 to 2011.
Brandon Chappell joined the Longhorns coaching staff this season after a season at UNLV. Chappell has nine years of experience in college basketball.
Bob Donewald Jr. is in his second season at Texas as an assistant coach. He followed Beard to Texas after two seasons at Texas Tech. Donewald Jr. was promoted to assistant coach before the 2022 season.
Roger Wallace contributed to this story.