Truman State University men’s basketball head coach, Jeff Horner, has announced the hiring of Austin McBeth as his top assistant beginning with the 2018-19 season. McBeth, a 2012 graduate from Iowa State University, comes to Kirksville after two years as an assistant under Bill Walker at the University of Illinois Springfield.
“I’m excited to have him as part of our program,” said Horner. “He brings an energy that will be great for our guys to be around every day. Not only is he a great coach, but an even better person and we are lucky to have him here at Truman!”
McBeth will begin his sixth year in collegiate coaching when he joins the Bulldogs this summer. That experience includes stops as the head assistant at Montreat College (2013-14), an NAIA program in North Carolina, an assistant at Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa (2014-16), and an assistant for the Prairie Stars (2016-18), also of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC).
“I’m honored to be a part of the coaching staff under Jeff Horner,” said McBeth. “Coming to Truman from a school in the GLVC, I am very familiar with the great culture that has been created here. I’m excited to get on campus and begin to build relationships with our players. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about the Kirksville community and my wife and I are looking forward to experiencing it. I believe we can do some very special things in the coming years!”
The Cedar Rapids, Iowa native played his collegiate ball for two and a half years under former Cyclone great and NBA veteran, Fred Hoiberg, after spending one season on the football team. Prior to his time in Ames, McBeth transferred in from Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs after one season of football for the prominent Reivers program. Following his graduation from Iowa State, McBeth helped work camps as well as conduct individual workouts after a berth into the NCAA Tournament with the Cyclones.
While at Montreat, McBeth was the head assistant for guard play as well as strength and conditioning. Following his stint at Montreat, McBeth turned his focus to the development and instruction of players, not only from the physical aspect, but the mental side as well.
McBeth created Smart Basketball Training, as a part of Championship Productions, where they created an online skills training program that also came with instructional DVD’s. McBeth was also a key player in running camps and clinics throughout the year.
While at Championship Productions, McBeth helped lead DMACC to the NJCAA Final Four in 2014-15 after winning the conference and regional championship. The Bears finished with an overall record of 28-7 including a mark of 10-2 in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) play.