Maryland is expected to hire Syracuse's Chris Beatty as its wide receivers coach, according to an SI.com report.

Beatty is the second hire by Maryland coach DJ Durkin on offense after Walt Bell was hired as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in December.


Beatty, 42, was hired by new Syracuse coach Dino Babers as the Orange's outside wide receivers coach in December, according to SI.com, though no hiring was officially announced by the university. Beatty's Twitter bio reads "Assistant Coach Syracuse University."

According to the report, Beatty "decided to accept Durkin's offer to be closer to his wife and six-year-old son."

Beatty spent the 2015 season as assistant head coach and running backs coach at Virginia under new Maryland associate head coach and defensive line coach Mike London. Beatty has extensive recruiting ties to the area and an impressive development pedigree.

Former NFL wide receiver Keenan McCardell served as Maryland's wide receivers coach for the past two seasons.

Before coaching at Virginia, Beatty spent two seasons as wide receivers coach at Wisconsin and 2014 as recruiting coordinator for the Badgers. In 2012, Beatty spent a season as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Illinois, and the year before, he was Vanderbilt's wide receivers coach.

From 2008 to 2010, Beatty was the running backs and slot receivers coach at West Virginia, where he helped recruit and tutor former Dunbar star and current NFL player Tavon Austin. Beatty was running backs coach at Northern Illinois in 2007 and had his first collegiate job as Hampton's offensive coordinator in 2006.

Beatty, a Centreville, Va., native, was a Virginia high school head coach from 1998 to 2005. He worked with NFL wide receiver Percy Harvin at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, Va., during his tenure there from 2003 to 2005. He also coached at Salem High School in southwest Virginia and North Stafford High School.

He played collegiately at East Tennessee State and professionally for the Baltimore Stallions and Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.



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