A popular Cougar player in the 1990s, Bo Beatty is in his 15th season as an energetic and highly respected assistant coach on the Cougar staff. He oversees the whips and bandits and also runs the Cougars' speed and conditioning program.
Beatty originally came to Azusa Pacific as a transfer linebacker from San Bernardino (Calif.) Valley Community College. He started 12 of 18 games he played during the 1992 and 1993 seasons, playing for Cougar Hall of Fame Coach Jim Milhon. His career was highlighted with a 15-tackle performance against Whittier College in 1992.
In 1995, he began his coaching career as an assistant on first-year coach Vic Shealy's Cougar staff. Over the next four seasons he became an integral figure in the Cougar defense, coaching a set of linebackers that rated among the best in program history including Josh Henderson, Jason Gregory, Elbert Baker and Jeremiah Beery. He also coached recent graduates Jake Henderson and Ethan Danielson, who helped launch Azusa Pacific's Division II era and were part of the Cougars' first-ever conference championship season in 2013.
Following the Cougars' 1998 NAIA national championship season, Beatty continued on the Cougar staff when Peter Shinnick took over as head coach in 1999. Beatty served two more years before stepping away to concentrate on a flourishing teaching career.
He returned to the Cougar staff for the 2006 and 2007 seasons before taking another two-year layoff.
Beatty played two seasons (1989-90) at San Bernardino Valley. He prepped at Bloomington (Calif.) High, from which he graduated in 1988. In two seasons as a fullback and linebacker on the varsity level, Beatty was part of a Bloomington program that went 22-2.
Beatty, 45, graduated from Azusa Pacific in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in physical education. He earned a master's degree in education from Azusa Pacific in 2000.
An avid fan of hunting and fishing, Beatty currently teaches physical education in Covina Valley Unified School District, where he was named the 2008 teacher of the year at Traweek Middle School.
He resides in La Verne with his wife Carrie, an Azusa Pacific alum, and their daughter, Tressa (7).