NACOGDOCHES, Texas (Press Release)– Stephen F. Austin head coach Clint Conque has completed his coaching staff for the 2017 season, announcing the hirings of Ben Beasley and Jake Brown. Beasley will work with the Lumberjack safeties with Brown assuming responsibility for the SFA running backs.
“We’re very excited to be able to bring both Ben and Jake to SFA and to add their experience to our staff,” Conque said. “Ben has a very strong familiarity with our conference and is well respected throughout the league. He has coached in a pair of national championship games and has a proven record of success on the national stage. Ben has a lot of passion for the position and has an established footprint in East Texas and the surrounding areas and will be an asset for us at the safety position.”
“Jake obviously comes from a highly successful program at TCU, one that has set the bar high nationally. He filled a number of roles both on and off the field during his time at TCU and brings a lot of energy with him. He gives us a presence in Central Texas and has developed a large amount of relationships with high school coaches across the state both during his time at TCU and his time as a high school assistant.”
Beasley brings a large amount of familiarity with the Southland Conference to Nacogdoches, working at four conference schools previously. He comes to SFA from Lamar where he spent three seasons with the Cardinals, working with the secondary. Under Beasley’s tutelage, Lamar saw significant improvement in the defensive backfield, leading the Southland Conference in passing defense in 2016.
Prior to his time in Beaumont, Beasley spent five seasons at rival Sam Houston State, coaching the Bearkat defensive backs from 2009-13. During his time at Sam Houston State, Beasley’s secondary emerged as one of the nation’s best, leading the nation in interceptions and takeaways and ranking fourth in passing efficiency in 2011 as the Bearkats claimed national runner-up honors.
Beasley also helped guide Sam Houston State back to the national championship game in 2012, gaining familiarity of the significance of the annual Battle of the Piney Woods showdown in Houston. During his time in Huntsville, Beasley coached three All-Americans and 11 All-Southland Conference selections.
Beasley is also very familiar with the significance of SFA’s other rivalry game, spending seven years at Northwestern State from 2002-08, competing against the Lumberjacks each season in the Battle for Chief Caddo. During his time in Natchitoches, Beasley was instrumental in the development of six All-SLC performers and helped the Demons emerge as one of the conference’s top defensive teams, ranking in the top-two in total defense three-straight seasons while ranking first in 2008.
Beasley began his coaching career at another Southland Conference rival, spending three seasons as a student assistant at McNeese. He was on the Cowboys staff for the 2001 and 2002 SLC championship teams and helped mentor three All-Americans and 17 All-SLC athletes, including 2001 Defensive Player of the Year Joe Judge.
A native of Houston, Beasley graduated from McNeese in 2002. He and his wife, Ellen, have one daughter, Sarah Jane.
Brown comes to Nacogdoches after spending three seasons at TCU, serving as a graduate assistant from 2014-15, working primarily with the Horned Frogs’ inside wide receivers. During those two years, TCU posted a record of 23-3, captured the 2014 Big 12 championship, captured victories in both the 2014 Peach Bowl and the 2016 Alamo Bowl and notched a pair of top-10 final rankings.
In 2016, Brown was promoted to TCU’s director of high school relations while still working with Horned Frogs’ wide receivers. During his time in Fort Worth, Brown helped coach seven players who made NFL rosters following their collegiate careers as TCU ranked in the top-five in the nation in total offense.
Before joining the staff at TCU, Brown coached at the high school level, serving as the defensive line coach at Arlington Martin in 2013, the wide receivers coach at Lake Travis in 2012 and safeties and special teams coordinator at Midlothian from 2011-12. Brown coached a number of Division I players during that span, including Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett (Arlington Martin) and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield (Lake Travis).
A native of Ennis, Brown graduated with his bachelor’s degree from North Texas in 2009. He married his wife, Brittany, in 2013.
With Brown charged with coaching the Lumberjack running backs, assistant coach Jeremy Moses will assume responsibility of the SFA wide receivers. The hirings of Beasley and Brown complete Conque’s staff as the Lumberjacks now set their sights on the busy recruiting season.
“It’s good to be back to full staff and now it will be an important three weeks for us as we get heavily involved in recruiting,” Conque said. “Our staff will be racking up a lot of miles over the next few weeks as we get closer to Signing Day, a class that we are excited to add to the Lumberjack family.”