Chris Beerman, a former Big East coach of the year, is in his third season as an assistant coach at Kentucky.
Beerman serves as the team's scouting coordinator and is responsible for film breakdown, scouting reports and the Kentucky volleyball camps.
With the Wildcats, Beerman has helped the Blue and White to consecutive 25 win seasons and two NCAA Tournament appearances. Kentucky has also had five players selected to All-America teams during his tenure with the squad.
Beerman spent eight seasons as the head coach at Pittsburgh where he held an overall 154-89 record that included a 2003 Big East tournament crown.
"Chris Beerman has been a winner at all levels," said UK coach Craig Skinner. "He is a phenomenal teacher of the game. Chris really takes great pride in helping players improve and understand what it takes to be the best. We have big-time goals in this program and Chris will help us reach them."
Beerman led the Panthers to two NCAA appearances, in back-to-back seasons. His team advanced to the NCAA second round in 2004. In 2003, Beerman was tabbed the Big East and AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year. During his tenure, he had three players named Big East Libero of the Year, two Big East Players of the Year and one named the Big East Rookie of the Year.
"I am very excited to join the Kentucky volleyball program," Beerman said. "Coach Skinner has been a friend of mine for nearly 20 years, and he has done an amazing job building UK into a nationally competitive program.
I was awed by the volleyball facilities and administrative commitment and feel there is no limit to what Kentucky volleyball can achieve. I have a lot of respect for Craig and look forward to helping him and the team achieve their championship goals in the SEC and NCAA tournament."
A runner-up in 2004 and the 2003 champions in the Big East Tournament, the Panthers earned two NCAA berths under Beerman. Their advance into the 2004 NCAAs came from an at-large bid - the ultimate sign of respect for a volleyball team.
Pitt finished 17-13 in 2005 and tied for fourth in the Big East. The team had three All-Big East selections and senior Megan McGrane earned her second "Big East Libero of the Year" award and an AVCA All-America honorable mention.
Pitt won 26 games in 2004 and enjoyed its best winning percentage (.813) since finishing 32-6 in 1990, which was also the only other time the Panthers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Panthers won the 2003 Big East championship with a 3-0 victory over defending champion Notre Dame at the Joyce Center in South Bend. It was the first time a Big East team had defeated the Fighting Irish on their home court -- ever. Beerman's team then advanced to its first NCAA Tournament since 1994 and defeated the Penn Quakers, 3-1, before falling to host Penn State in four games in the second round. For his efforts, Beerman was named the Big East Co-Coach of the Year and the Tachikara/AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year by his peers.
The revival of the program, though, began a year earlier. After injuries depleted the 2001 Panthers, the program suffered through its first losing season. Beerman led the 2002 team to a 20-9 overall record and a 9-4 mark in Big East play, tying for fourth in the conference. If not for an early season loss to Connecticut, the Panthers would have been playing in the Big East postseason tournament against two teams it defeated in the regular season.
In his first year as head coach in 2000, Beerman helped Pittsburgh to its best season in six years as the Panthers posted a 22-10 overall mark. In 2001, Pittsburgh finished just out of the postseason tournament with a 7-5 mark in conference play and a fifth-place standing.
Beerman joined Pittsburgh after serving four seasons (1996-99) as head coach at James Madison University, where he led the Dukes to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and four straight winning seasons.
He guided the Dukes to a 90-36 overall record and a 35-7 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), which included an impressive 22-0 home record against conference foes. He led his teams to three 20-win seasons at JMU, including 1999's best-ever record of 26-7, which featured a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
In his first year at the helm of the Dukes in 1996, Beerman orchestrated the biggest turnaround of any NCAA team that season when he guided his squad to a 25-9 record after finishing 9-18 in the prior year.
At JMU, Beerman garnered two conference coach of the year awards (1998 and 1999), produced one CAA Player of the Year (1999) in Lindsay Collingwood, a pair of CAA Rookie of the Year honorees, nine first-team and five second-team selections, as well as five first-team all-state awards. Additionally, his teams captured two regular season CAA championships (1998 and 1999) and the 1999 tournament championship.
Prior to JMU, Beerman has had stints as an assistant coach at two of the universities joining the Big East Conference in 2005. He served one season (1995) as an assistant at the University of Louisville where he helped the team to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and the Conference USA title.
Beerman also served three years as the assistant coach at the University of South Florida from 1991-94. While there, the Bulls were the 1993 Metro Conference champions and earned a berth in the NCAA tournament.
A standout player at Ball State from 1986-90, Beerman served as an assistant at his alma mater from 1990-91. As a collegiate player, he helped the Cardinals to three NCAA Final Four appearances and three Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) championships from 1988-90. He also was a two-time Volleyball Monthly All-America honoree and an All-MIVA selection.
Beerman holds several records at Ball State, including 1,047 career digs, which ranks second all-time in the NCAA. He also holds school records for kills in a match (44 in 1989) and in a season (628 in 1990), games played in a season (134 in 1990), matches with 10 or more kills in a season (35 in 1990), matches with 10 or more digs in a career (43), digs per game career average (2.52) and total attempts in a season (1,310 in 1990). He ranks third on Ball State's all-time list for kills (1,777), and is second in matches with 10 or more kills (86) and total attempts (3,751).
The founder of the Valley Juniors Volleyball Club in Harrisonburg, Va., Beerman has served as head coach of several club programs, including the Kentuckiana Juniors Volleyball Association (1995), the Tampa Bay Juniors Volleyball Club (1992), as well as the South Florida (1991-93) and Ball State (1990-91) men's club volleyball teams.
Additionally, Beerman was a member of the bronze medal 1986 and 1987 Olympic Sports Festival teams as well as a member of the training team for the 1991 World University Games. A 1991 graduate of Ball State with a bachelor's degree in physical education, Beerman earned his master's degree in sports administration from Louisville in 1995.
Married to the former Mary-Beth Singleton, Beerman and his wife have two children, Kendall and Jackson.