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Morgan State names Butch Beard as men's basketball coach

June 12, 2001

Baltimore - Morgan State Director of Athletics, David Y. Thomas has announced the signing of Alfred "Butch" Beard as the school's 13th men's basketball coach.

Beard brings 20 years of college and NBA coaching and playing experience to the Bears program. He joins the Morgan program after serving as an assistant coach to Gar Heard with the Washington Wizards during the 1999-200 NBA season.

From 1994-96, Beard was head coach of the NBA's New Jersey Nets compiling a 60-104 record in two seasons.

Prior to joining the Nets, Beard was head coach at Howard University from 1990-94. He earned 1991-92 MEAC Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Bison to both the regular season and tournament titles and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Beard has been an assistant coach in the NBA for a total of seven seasons; two with the Nets (1988-90), three with the New York Knicks (1979-82) and two with the Dallas Mavericks (1996-98).

A former roommate of Baltimore Bullet Wes Unseld at the University of Louisville, Beard spent 10 seasons playing in the NBA, averaging 9.3 points per game in 605 games with five teams. A first round selection (10th overall) of the Atlanta Hawks in 1969, Beard's best season was in 1971-72 with the Cleveland franchise when he scored 15.8 ppg and earned a trip to the All-Star game. He was the starting point guard for the 1973-74 Golden State Warriors championship team.

Beard replaces Chris Fuller, who was released of his coaching duties immediately after the 2000-01 basketball season. Fuller closed his Morgan coaching career with a 52-115 overall record in six years. His best season was in 1998-99 when the Bears finished with a 14-14 overall record; the best team record in ten years.

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