Chris Beene - Head Coach - 9th Season
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Chris Beene enters his ninth season as head coach of the cross country and track and field teams at South Plains College.
Since his arrival in Levelland, Beene has led the Texans and Lady Texans to a combined 20 NJCAA championships in men's and women's cross country, half-marathon, indoor track and outdoor track, all of which have flooded in since 2006.
Three of those team titles came last season when Beene led his teams to NJCAA Championships in the women's half-marathon in the fall and then followed that up with a sweep of the men's and women's outdoor titles on their home track last May.
Led by a 1-2 finish by freshman Darroneshia Lott and sophomore Kirsten Taylor, the Lady Texans tied for top honors for the second consecutive season in the women's half-marathon. The duo was followed by a ninth place finish by Michaela Johnson to finish with 12 points.
Beene also oversaw a sweep of the individual cross country titles as Natoya Goule and Kemoy Campbell improved upon their second place finishes in 2010 to easily claim the top spot at the 2011 NJCAA Championships in Hobbs, N.M.
On the track, the Texans and Lady Texan track teams continued their dominant ways, this time defending their championships at the Texan Track and Field Complex in Levelland. The men's team title was never in doubt as the Texans annihilated the competition with 163 team points, 88.5 points ahead of the meet's runner-up finisher. The race for the women's team title was a bit closer, but as the meet neared its end the Lady Texans had firm control and would go on to win with a comfortable 23 point margin.
It was the fourth consecutive year both teams have swept the men's and women's titles and the sixth year in a row the Texans have been the victors of the outdoor championship.
Beene was named Coach of the Meet following the competition in which South Plains claimed 18 individual and relay championships, eight runner-ups, and seven third place finishes throughout the men's and women's competitions. Kemoy Campbell and Janeil Bellille were named men's and women's track athletes of the meet as Campbell claimed the 1,500- and 5,000-meter crowns and Bellille set an NJCAA meet record in the 400-hurdles in addition to winning the 110-meter hurdle championship and running legs on the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays.
The 2010-11 school year saw Beene's teams rack up four NJCAA national titles, the first coming when the Lady Texans claimed a share of the NJCAA Half-Marathon title in November by posting a score of 17 points. The following March the Lady Texan indoor track and field team dominated the field by nearly 100 points to lay claim to a second NJCAA championship of the school year and then both the Texans and Lady Texans swept the outdoor track titles in May, marking the third consecutive year they have combined to sweep the competition.
In all, Beene helped lead his athletes to a combined 28 individual and relay national championships as well as a grand total of 55 All-American certificates during the 2010-11 seasons. For their efforts, Natoya Goule and Jura Levy were named co-athletes of the meet after both indoor and outdoor NJCAA Championship meets. Beene earned the distinction of being named the Women's Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Meet as well as the Men's Outdoor Coach of the Meet.
Beene helped guide six athletes to nine All-American awards during the 2009 cross country season that culminated with the Texan men defending their title at the NJCAA half-marathon held in Overland Park, Kansas. Later that spring, Beene coached Kelly Closse (shot put, discus), Colleen Felix (javelin), Shakeeri Cole (800), and Marcelis Lynch (800) to individual titles in addition to helping guide the 4x800 meter relay team easily win in Hutchinson where both the men's and women's teams took home team titles for the second year in a row. For his efforts, Beene was later voted by his peers as Coach of the Year for both men and women.
The 2008-09 fall and spring seasons may very well have been the best in a rich history of South Plains College track and cross country teams as SPC won five championships out of eight possible, with the SPC men coming just short of sweeping all four. It all started with the Texans coming away with a half-marathon championship in the fall. The Texan and Lady Texan track teams then blew away their competition in the spring by sweeping each of the NJCAA indoor and outdoor national championships and are only one-of-four schools to ever win all four titles in the same year at any collegiate level. The Texan cross country team finished only 12 points away from taking the cross country title.
In the last six years, Beene has coached athletes that currently hold 9 NJCAA meet or national records. His athletes who have won over 100 individual and relay national championships, and a host of all-American awards.
Beene came to South Plains College from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, where he was named Women's NAIA Region 5 and 6 Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004. He also earned Men's Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2003 and 2004 and also won the NAIA Sooner Athletic Conference championship in 2003.
Before Wayland, Beene served four seasons as an assistant coach at Texas Tech University where he was in charge of coaching the multi-events, pole vault, and javelin. He has also had previous coaching stints at Abilene Christian University and Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
During his time at Abilene Christian, Beene was part of 12 NCAA Division II national team championships. He also coached two decathletes to individual national championships as well.
Additionally, Beene coached Stephen Moore and Trafton Rodgers. Rodgers went on to win the USATF Men's Heptathlon Indoor Championships, while Moore won a USA Indoor championship and went on to place fourth at the World Indoor Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Both have competed in the United States Olympic Trials, with Rodgers in 2000 and Moore in 2000 as well as 2004. Moore also won a gold medal in the decathlon at the Pan-American Games.
A former all-American decathlete, Beene received both his bachelor and master degrees in kinesiology from Angelo State University. He and his wife, Corye, have a daughter, Faith, and a son, Sage.