Joins Cougars after working with Utah Jazz in 2013-14
K.C. Beard joined the University of Houston Men's Basketball program as its video coordinator in May 2014.
In that role, Beard will coordinate film exchange and opponents' scouting as well as assisting in other areas of the program. He will work closely with all members of the coaching staff in game preparation and creating scouting reports.
"I knew K.C. from the NBA when he worked with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Utah Jazz. I love the fact that he has great experience at different levels, "Sampson said. "This position gives him the opportunity to come in and grow and reach all his future goals. I love helping young guys climb the ladder in the ranks. K.C. is going to be a star in this profession."
Beard, who is a native of Parma, Idaho, joins the Cougars after most recently serving as video intern for the NBA's Utah Jazz during the 2013-14 season.
During the summer of 2013, he worked as the video coordinator for the Canadian National Team. There, he worked with Sampson, who was an assistant coach on that staff.
Beard spent two seasons (2011-13) as a video intern with the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. There, he assisted the video coordinator in preparing opponents' scouting film and recorded and catalogued NBA, NCAA, international and high school games. Before joining the Trail Blazers, Beard worked as an assistant coach in the fall of 2011 at Pacific University in Oregon.
He worked for two years as an assistant coach at West Texas A&M from 2009 to 2011. During his stint with the Buffs, Beard helped lead the team to a 39-20 record with wins against six top-25 teams. The Buffs' 2010-11 team compiled a 23-7 record and advanced to the NCAA Regional Tournament.
Beard joined the professional ranks in 2008-09 as the video coordinator at SMU.
Beard received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Boise State in 2008 and earned his master's degree in business administration from West Texas A&M in 2011. He is single.