Kyle Beard took over the men’s soccer program in February of 2013. Beard came to Faulkner after spending three seasons at the helm of the Lubbock Christian program which he constructed from the ground up beginning in 2010.
In three seasons the Chaps posted a combined overall record of 31-16-8 and earned berths in the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament in 2011 and 2012.
Beard led the team to a 10-5-2 record in its first year. The Chaps were undefeated in non-conference action (6-0-1) and were 2-0-1 in NCAA matchups. A major highlight of the season came when Lubbock defeated 17th ranked NCAA Div. II opponent Eastern New Mexico 1-0.
The team improved to 14-4-3 in its second season and was runner-up in the SAC in both the regular season and the league tournament, finishing the year with a 6-2-2 record. The Chaps just missed out on a national tournament berth in 2011 and moved into the national spotlight with votes in the NAIA poll.
Lubbock was 7-7-3 overall in 2012.
In three seasons Beard had the opportunity to coach numerous outstanding student-athletes including an NAIA All-American; an SAC Player of the Year, MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, and Newcomer of the Year; 10 all-conference players and a pair of NAIA Scholar Athletes.
Prior to his stint at LCU, Beard worked closely with the Rwandan Football Federation in numerous coaching roles and served as a foreign vocational missionary in Rwanda in a partnership with South Plains Church of Christ.
Beard was the head coach of the Rwanda women's national soccer team from 2006-2008 and later headed up the men's national futsal development team.
He helped lead the women's national select team to a Kigali Centennial Cup championship title in 2007 and to a CECAFA Cup Qualifier. Beard also served as an assistant advisor coach for the Rwanda men's U-20 and U-17 national teams from 2007-2009.
His coaching impact helped lead to the development of several university programs in Rwanda and a partnership program with the German Football Federation.
Beard is a native of Tyler, Texas, where he began playing soccer at the age of four. After high school he joined the U.S. Army after attending Tyler Junior College for a year.
After his military service, Beard attended Lubbock Christian University and graduated in 2000. During his time at LCU, he helped pioneer an intercollegiate club-level soccer program which qualified for the NIRSA (National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association) playoffs from 1998-2000. This ultimately helped lay the groundwork for his return in 2010.
After graduating from college Beard began coaching various sports at the high school level and his teams earned several accolades including five state tournament appearances and thee state titles. He was named the TAPPS Tennis Coach of the Year 2004 and received a nomination for the Gatorade High School Soccer Coach of the Year that same year.
Beard has been married to his wife Luz for 16 years and they are blessed with a son Koen, age 11, and daughter Heaven, age 9.
Jason McLaughlin enters his second season as the men's assistant.
The Wetumpka, Ala., native was a professional soccer player for more than four years. He signed his first contract with the Atlanta Silverbacks of the USL First Division in 2006. McLaughlin spent the 2007 season with the Vancouver Whitecaps before rejoining the Silverbacks in 2008. He spent his final season with the Portland Timbers in 2009.
McLaughlin played soccer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and was the Blazers' team captain his junior and senior years. While in college he played a season with the Augusta Fireball of the USL Premier Development League. He graduated from UAB with a degree in Sport and Health in Society degree and minored in Japanese.
McLaughlin holds a USSF National B license. He has been married to his wife Tae for four years. They have two sons, Kenshi, age 4, and Yuushi, age 3.