Kyle Beard is entering his seventh season as head coach of the men’s soccer program.
Beard has led the Eagles to back-to-back SSAC semifinals appearances. Beard’s six-year record at the helm is 43-50-6 overall and 16-32-1 mark in the SSAC, while his overall college coaching record sits at 74-54-15.
Beard started his coaching career in 1998 at the club level in Texas. He then transitioned to high schools, spending six years coaching multiple sports at Lubbock Christian School, Wichita Christian School, Jacksonville High School and East Texas Christian School. In 2006 he moved his family to Rwanda to work as a vocational missionary and as a coach with the Rwandan Football Federation, FERWAFA. He spent four years as the head coach of the women’s national team as well as working as an advisor for the men’s U-17 and U-20 national teams.
Beard started his collegiate coaching career when he returned to the United States as the founding head coach of the men’s soccer program at Lubbock Christian University in 2009. He led LCU to an overall record of 31-16-8 in three seasons and took the Chaps to the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament in 2011 and again in 2012, when they fell in the championship game. His LCU players earned numerous individual honors, including NAIA All-American, SAC Player of Year, SAC Offensive Player of the Year, SAC Newcomer of the Year, and 10 SAC All-Conference awards.
A native of Tyler, Texas, Beard earned a bachelor’s degree in missions from Lubbock Christian University in 2000. As a student, he pioneered the LCU men’s soccer intercollegiate club team, which paved the way for the varsity program he would later found. He also holds licenses and diplomas from the USSF, NSCAA, ICA, and FA.
Beard married his wife Luz in 1996, and they have two children - Koen and Heaven.