STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton head football coach Todd Whitten has announced the reclassification of three Texan football coaches – Jonathan Beasley, Bryson Oliver, and Marc Martinez – for the upcoming season.
Beasley will continue working with running backs and assist with coaching quarterbacks while Oliver will maintain his role as the offensive line coach, but both coaches will now team up as Co-Offensive Coordinators. In addition to those roles, Beasley will serve as the team's passing game coordinator while Oliver will be the team's running game coordinator.
"Jonathan and Bryson are two of the hardest working young coaches I've had the privilege of working with and I'm excited for them to be able to have this opportunity," said Whitten. "Obviously, these new roles will bring more responsibility for each of them but I know what type of effort they're going to put forth in making sure that we have success on the football field next season."
In addition to the changes on the offensive side of the ball, former Tarleton linebacker and graduate assistant coach Marc Martinez will be promoted to a full-time defensive assistant on the Texan coaching staff. He will continue to work with the linebackers.
"Over the past year, I've learned a lot about Coach Martinez," said Whitten. "From what I heard about his playing career, he was a tough and courageous kid. He was outstanding in a graduate assistant coaching role for us last year and this move to full-time status is well deserved for this young man."
Beasley is set to begin his sixth season at Tarleton, where he will now have served in coaching every skill position on the offensive side of the ball – wide receivers, running backs, tight ends, and now quarterbacks. He came to Tarleton prior to the 2012 football season from his alma mater, Kansas State, where he spent three years as an offensive assistant. In his playing days, Beasley was a standout quarterback for the Wildcats and was the MVP of the 2001 Cotton Bowl when he led Kansas State to a 35-21 win over Tennessee.
He now resides in Stephenville with his wife, Amanda and daughter, Olivia.
Oliver will be in his second season at Tarleton after coming over from TCU, where he spent two seasons as a graduate assistant offensive line coach with the Horned Frogs. Oliver helped the Horned Frogs to a 23-3 record from 2014-15, including a 47-41 win in triple overtime against Oregon in the Alamo Bowl. He had two of his offensive linemen earn All-Big XII honors last season, including center Joey Hunt who also earned second-team recognition as a junior in Oliver's first season at TCU. Prior to his time at TCU, Oliver spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach on the Offensive Line with Oklahoma State as the Cowboys boasted an 18-8 record and earned a bid to the AT&T Cotton Bowl in his final season. He was the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Tiffin University in Ohio after spending four seasons as a student assistant at Texas Tech from 2007-10, where he broke into the college coaching ranks.
He now resides in Stephenville.
Martinez will be in his third season as a member of the Tarleton coaching staff, but it will be his debut as a full-time assistant. In his debut season as a coach, Martinez helped mentor his former teammate Cody Burtscher into the transition from running back to middle linebacker – and Martinez's work was rewarded as Burtscher went on to earn AFCA All-America and LSC Linebacker of the Year honors last season. In his playing days, Martinez was a two-time all-LSC linebacker capped off by his senior campaign when he topped the 100-tackle mark to lead the Texans.
He now resides in Stephenville.