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Jimmy Beal
Jimmy Beal
Title: Running Backs Coach
Phone: 928-523-1900

• Begins his sixth season on the Northern Arizona University football staff as the running backs coach after joining the Lumberjacks in the fall of 2010.

• NAU used a three-running back system in 2014 resulting in 1,707 yards amongst the unit, with the team finishing with a total of 1,764 rushing yards.

• Coached Walter Payton Award candidate and All-American running back Zach Bauman into one of the top rushers in the nation. 

• Bauman, who signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals in 2014, is the only NAU running back to rush for 1,000 yards in all four seasons; and only the ninth player in FCS history to accomplish the feat. He finished his career with four of the top 15 best rushing marks in a season, three of the top 10 carries in a season and two of the top three rushing touchdowns in a season.

• The four-time All-Big Sky selection holds the freshman rushing record of 1,059 yards. Bauman eclipsed the 4,000 and 5,000 career rushing yards marks – the only player in NAU history to do so. He holds the NAU record for career rushing yards (5,132), career carries (1,001), career all-purpose yards (6,316), and career points scored (311). He registered 24 100-yard rushing games and four 200-yard rushing games during his career.

• Coached at the University of Redlands, where he worked with the defensive backs in the spring of 2010. Prior to Redlands, he was a graduate assistant at Texas State University in 2009 and worked as the running backs coach at Rocky Mountain College in Billings under current NAU assistant David Reeves in 2008.

• Beal began his football coaching career at Rocky Mountain coaching the receivers from 2005-07. He also coached the sprints at Montana State-Billings from 2006-09.

• Beal played collegiately at Montana State from 2002-04 before joining Reeves’ team at Rocky Mountain College. He was named the most valuable player and most valuable running back in 2006.

• Graduated from Montana State with a degree in art education and minor in coaching in 2006. He received his master’s degree in sport management from Montana State-Billings in 2009.


Born: Oct. 22, 1984

College: Montana State University-Bozeman, 2007; Montana State University-Billings, 2009

Playing Experience: Montana State 2002-04, Rocky Mountain College, 2005-06

Beal’s Coaching Chronology

2005-07 Rocky Mountain College, Wide Receivers
Rocky Mountain College, Running Backs
Texas State University, Graduate Assistant
University of Redland, Defensive Backs
2010-Pres. Northern Arizona University, Running Backs