David Beaty, who is now in his second season as the head coach at the University of Kansas, took the reins of the KU football program Dec. 5, 2014, with more than 20 years of coaching experience, including two previous stints as an assistant coach with the Jayhawks.
A native of Garland, Texas, Beaty came back to KU after spending three previous seasons as the Texas A&M wide receivers coach, where he also coordinated all the recruiting efforts during the 2013-14 seasons.
Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
Heading into his 17th year on the Kansas coaching staff and 20th year overall with the program, former KU player Clint Bowen is serving as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator on David Beaty's staff. Bowen, who will work directly with the KU safeties, is the ultimate Jayhawk as he will be working under his fourth different KU head coach in 2015.
Bowen was tabbed as the Jayhawks' interim head coach Sept. 28, 2014, posting a 1-7 mark while guiding KU through the remainder of the 2014 campaign. He has previously served as the special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach in 2012, before moving over to coaching the linebackers in January of 2013, then adding the title of defensive coordinator in December of 2013.
Kansas football head coach David Beaty stayed true to his philosophy of surrounding his program with assistant coaches who are well-rounded by announcing the hiring of Todd Bradford as linebackers coach on January 15, 2016.
After having success at a number of stops, Bradford, who has coached in Conference USA, the Big 12, Big Ten and ACC, gives the Jayhawks another experienced assistant coach who stands out both in his recruiting abilities and his development of players.
Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Assistant
Joe DeForest is in his first season on the Kansas coaching staff where he serves as the Jayhawks’ special teams coordinator.
Known nationally for his special teams expertise, DeForest brings with him 26 years of collegiate coaching experience, including having coached in 13 bowl games. He was named a Rivals.com Top 25 recruiter in 2004, 2006 and 2008, and has coached 28 all-conference performers, 10 All-Americans and 11 players who have gone on to play professionally.
Tony Hull is in his first season on Kansas head coach David Beaty's staff, serving as running backs coach.
Hull joined the Jayhawk staff from the Louisiana high school ranks, where he most recently served as the head coach and offensive coordinator of Warren Easton High School in New Orleans. During his nine seasons as the head coach of the Eagles, Hull helped lead a stagnant program into a contender.
Kansas football head coach David Beaty added a veteran offensive mind to his staff by announcing the hiring of Doug Meacham as offensive coordinator on Jan. 12, 2017. In addition to calling the Jayhawk offense, Meacham will coach the KU wide receivers.
Meacham arrives in Lawrence after spending the previous three seasons at TCU where he served as the co-offensive coordinator while mentoring the Horned Frog inside receivers.
Kenny Perry joined Kansas head coach David Beaty’s staff as the co-defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach in January 2015. Perry came to KU after spending the previous two years at TCU, including the 2014 campaign as the cornerbacks coach.
In 2014, Perry coached the Horned Frogs Kevin White into second-team All-Big 12 honors with Ranthony Texada named a second-team Freshman All-American. He helped lead TCU to 12-1 mark, a share of the Big 12 title and a win in the Peach Bowl.
Kansas football head coach David Beaty Tuesday announced the promotion of Garrett Riley to an on-field assistant coaching position, where he will mentor the KU quarterbacks, on Dec. 20, 2016. Riley, who joined the KU staff in the spring of 2016, spent the past season as an offensive analyst for the Jayhawks.
Riley joined the Kansas staff after spending the 2015 season as the outside receivers coach at East Carolina. During his time coaching the ECU outside receivers, Riley mentored Zay Jones, one of the most decorated receivers in NCAA history. Jones recently became the all-time NCAA FBS career receptions leader with 399 catches.
An energetic offensive mind, Zach Yenser joined Kansas head coach David Beaty’s staff as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach in January 2015. Yenser came to Kansas with seven years of experience coaching the offensive line and a stellar four-year career as a player in the trenches.
Yenser recently completed his second campaign as the offensive line coach at Cal in 2014. During his time in Berkeley the offensive line showed great improvement as the Golden Bears experienced two of the greatest offensive performances in school history.
A veteran of the college game for nearly a quarter century, Jesse Williams arrives in Lawrence after spending the previous five seasons as the defensive line coach at Ohio.
The 2016 edition of the Bobcat defense produced 104 tackles-for-loss, manufactured 44-total sacks and held opponents to 104.4 yards rushing per game. Williams’ defensive line broke through blocking schemes for 59.5 TFLs and got to the quarterback 31.5 times.
Director of Football Strength and Conditioning
Kansas football head coach David Beaty added a high-energy, well-respected leader in the strength and conditioning community to his staff as he announced the hiring of Zac Woodfin as director of football strength and conditioning on Feb. 23, 2017.
Woodfin comes to Kansas after spending the previous two years at Southern Miss where he served as the head strength and conditioning coach for the entire athletics department. He garnered the title of Interim Director of Athletics at Southern Miss on Dec. 20, 2016, while USM searched for a replacement for outgoing athletics director Bill McGillis. Woodfin handled the Golden Eagle football strength and conditioning needs and also oversaw the other 15 Southern Miss sports.