Jason Beck joined the BYU coaching staff as quarterbacks coach in February 2013.
A former Cougar quarterback and offensive intern on the coaching staff, Beck returned to Provo with six years of coaching experience, including stints at Louisiana State University, Weber State University and Simon Fraser University.
In 2012, Beck was hired as the offensive coordinator at Simon Fraser located in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. SFU is the first and only member of the NCAA located outside of the United States. Beck turned an offense that ranked last in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in total offense, passing offense and scoring offense in 2011 into the league’s No. 1-rated attack in all three categories during the program’s first year as a full NCAA Division II member in 2012. The team nearly doubled its total touchdowns scored, going from 28 to 52, and more than tripled its passing TDs, jumping from nine to 28.
Under Beck’s direction, the Clan offensive attack improved from 24 points per game to 34.3 points per contest to rank No. 36 overall in Div. II compared to a ranking of 109th the prior season. SFU also averaged 440.4 yards in total offense (No. 31 in Div. II) compared to 335.4 yards the prior year (which ranked 111th) and 306.3 passing yards (No. 14 in Div. II) compared to 147.4 yards through the air (which ranked 131st) in 2011.
Players also thrived individually as SFU quarterback Trey Wheeler ranked No. 14 in Div. II in passing yards per game at 297.1 yards per game while receiver Lemar Durant ranked No. 4 in receiving yards per game (119.8), No. 7 in receptions per game (8.27) and No. 18 in scoring (9.27 ppg). Durant received first-team all-conference, conference newcomer of the year, and All-America Second Team recognition with 82 catches for 1,227 yards and 16 TDs.
Beck served as quarterbacks coach at Weber State in Ogden, Utah, for three years from 2009-2011 under head coach Ron McBride. Under his tutelage, Wildcat quarterback Cameron Higgins set school records for most career passing yards (12,274), most career touchdowns passes (98), most career total touchdowns (105), most career pass completions (935) and career passing efficiency rating (144.5). Higgins completed his career as one of the most prolific players in Big Sky Conference history, ranking No. 1 in passing touchdowns, No. 2 in total touchdowns and No. 3 in total offense.
Prior to Weber State, Beck served the 2008 season as an offensive intern at LSU working with quarterbacks under offensive coordinator and former BYU head coach Gary Crowton on Les Miles’ staff in the SEC. He also assisted with quarterbacks as an offensive intern on Mendenhall’s staff at BYU in 2007 with Robert Anae as the offensive coordinator.
As a player at BYU, Beck served as the backup to All-American quarterback John Beck from 2004-2006, including a redshirt year due to an injury suffered his junior season. He totaled 553 passing yards and 28 rushing yards, including 305 yards on 20-of-28 passing in his lone start in a 38-0 victory over Utah State his senior season.
Beck transferred to BYU from College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif., where he led the COC Cougars to an 11-1 season and Western States Conference Northern Division title as a sophomore. A unanimous first-team All-Western States Conference pick, he led COC to a No. 1 ranking in California and No. 4 national JC ranking, throwing for 2,052 yards while completing 77.5 percent of his passes. He also added 430 rushing yards. Recently hired BYU offensive line coach Garett Tujague was the COC offensive line coach during Beck’s year in Santa Clarita.
A Junior College Academic All-American, Beck spent his freshman season at Ventura College after prepping at Hueneme High School in his hometown of Oxnard, Calif. Before starting college, he served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Denver, Colo., from 1999-2001.
Beck earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communications from BYU in 2006 and 2011. He is married to former BYU soccer standout Jaime Rendich, and they have a daughter, Peyton. Jaime was a four-year starter and All-American midfielder/forward during her BYU career from 2002-05.
Beck on returning to BYU: “I’m excited to return to BYU. It is a special place for me and my family. I greatly respect the vision and standards Coach Mendenhall sets for the program, and I’m looking forward to being part of his staff. BYU has a great legacy at the quarterback position. It is both a great honor and challenge to live up to the legacy that has been established. I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”