Twenty-two years after wearing the orange and brown as a player, Shane Beatty is back with the Okanagan Sun—this time as head coach.
The B.C. Football Conference team Friday named the Kamloops native as the 15th field boss in franchise history.
As a former linebacker with the Sun in 1990, Beatty was chosen from a field of 14 qualified applicants, some of which were local, some from out of the market.
“I’m elated,” says Beatty. “I think it’s a great opportunity to come back home, be close to family and friends and bring the Okanagan Sun back to the original tradition that we had when I was here in 1990.”
Beatty currently has a private business in Visalia, California as a strength coach. He works with 20 local high school football athletes, two UNLV student athletes preparing for the NFL Draft and a wide variety of volleyball and basketball athletes.
From 2008 to 2010 Beatty was the Assistant Director of Football Operations at Iowa State University. Prior to that, he had 13 years of coaching experience in NCAA Division II, NAIA and junior college football level. His resume includes four years as a defensive coordinator and seven years as a recruiting coordinator and special teams coordinator.
Beatty was the interim head coach at West Virginia Tech from 2006 to 2007 after serving as school’s defensive coordinator in 2004 and 2005.
His coaching career began in 1995 as the recruiting coordinator, special teams coach and linebackers coach at Reedley College (California). Three seasons later moved to Central Missouri State in 1998.
“We are excited to have Shane rejoin our program, “said Sun president Paul Carson. “As a player he was committed, hard working and passionate, traits that have carried over into his coaching career. He is a proven winner who understands we are developing a program dedicated to excellence for the players on and off the field. I think we have found a great leader for our team going forward.”
“Coach Beatty brings a refreshing outlook to our program,” says Sun GM Jay Christensen. “He’s had success as an assistant coach and recruiter and he’s been an excellent student of the game, which dates back to his playing days here in Kelowna.”
Beatty will be introduced to the media in Kelowna in March.