The new Syracuse football staff continues to take shape and they appear to have added a running backs coach. Chris Beatty, who held the same position at Virginia this past season, is set to join the Orange staff according to multiple reports. He appeared to confirm the news by retweeting Scout's Jacquie Franciulli, who was praising the move by Syracuse.
Beatty comes to Syracuse with significant ties in the DMV area (Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia). He coached high school in Virginia from 1998 through 2005, has coached Percy Harvin (in high school) and Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey at West Virginia. New head coach Dino Babers told CuseNation.com that the area will be one they focus on as a staff. Beatty gives them immediate credibility and ties there.
In addition to being the running backs coach at Virginia in 2015, Beatty was the assistant head coach. Prior to that, he was at Wisconsin as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator for a couple of season. Beatty held the co-offensive coordinator title at Illinois in 2012, and was wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt in 2011 after spending 2008-2010 at West Virginia.
Beatty is 42 years old, was born in Topeka, Kansas and played college football at East Tennessee State as a wide receiver. He then played in the CFL for the Baltimore Stallions and Hamilton Tiger-cats.