Christopher Michael Beard is an American basketball coach and the current head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders. He previously coached Little Rock, Angelo State, and McMurry. Beard graduated from high school from McCullough High School in The Woodlands, Texas. He was a manager at the University of Texas at Austin under Texas Longhorns coach Tom Penders, graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. He received a Masters of Education from Abilene Christian University where he served as a graduate assistant in 1998. Under Beard's watch, the Red Raiders have made the deepest NCAA Tournament runs in school history. In 2019, the Raiders won a school-record 31 games on the way to the 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game against the Virginia Cavaliers. He was recognized as the 2019 AP National Coach of the Year.