A new era begins after a legendary season for Ram Basketball

Assistant head coach named as replacement for Chris Beard

By Erika Walker
On April 17, 2015

After just two seasons with Ram basketball, Chris Beard resigned as the men’s head basketball coach and Patrick “Cinco” Boone V was announced as his replacement in an official press conference on April 8.

Beard’s last season was the best in the program’s history with the team’s first appearance in the NCAA Division II Sweet 16. Beard also had a 47-15 overall record and a 28-2 record at the Junell Center during his two seasons.

President, Brian J. May Ph.D., said that Chris Beard was a great leader, facilitator, and was a man with great presence not only at practice, but on the court during games.

However, May said he also had a great helper through it all.

“When Chris came, we knew he was a winner,” May said. “He was a change agent, really. But, the support he had from Cinco Boone was amazing, and I would say to you probably Cinco Boone is one of the best recruiters for Division II basketball in the United States.”

It is because of all of his hard work and dedication to Ram basketball that Boone immediately became ASU’s seventh men’s head basketball coach.

“Today really is a day of celebration,” Sean Johnson, director of athletics, said. “We’re extremely grateful to Coach Boone for putting Ram basketball back on the map and setting a high standard for our basketball program.”

Boone said that he was humbled and honored to become the new basketball coach. “I cannot wait for November when that first game comes and I am going to lead the Rams onto the court, and we’re going to be 1-0,” Boone said. “We’re going to get that first one out of the way.”

The new title of head coach comes with a ton of responsibility, but Boone said he is ready for it and pays homage to the coaches before him.

“To think about Coach George, Coach Mesbarger, Coach Esposito, Coach Rike, and finally Coach Beard– it’s just awesome to follow in their footsteps,” Boone said. “Those guys are coaching legends.”

Boone said that he took on the job not because of the title, but because he found a welcoming place and San Angelo is the perfect fit for him at the moment.

“I’m a dreamer, and in my visions I’ve had a dream of becoming the head coach of a place that can compete for championships year in and year out, and a place that awesome people live in an awesome, incredible town,” Boone said. “It’s not very hard to realize that I’m talking about Angelo State.”

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