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Regent University Hires Spencer Beaty as New Men’s Basketball Head Coach

Regent University Hires Spencer Beaty as New Men’s Basketball Head Coach

Headshot of Spencer Beaty on a basketball court who is hired as Regent University's new head coach of the men's basketball team.

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (Apr. 23, 2024) – Spencer Beaty has accepted the position as Head Coach of the Regent Royal’s Men’s Basketball Team after serving as assistant coach at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Beaty has already assumed duties and is expected to report to campus on May 1.

“After a national search that attracted over 60 applicants, ranging from NCAA Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, NAIA, Junior College, and all the way down to the high school ranks, I am thrilled to add Coach Beaty to our Royals family,” said Michael Allen, Director of Athletics at Regent. “I have known Spencer since his collegiate playing days and have followed his coaching career through the years. He has the passion, knowledge, energy, and experience we were looking for as we make our transition to NCAA Division III.”

In addition to Beaty’s stint at Hardin-Simmons University, he has also coached winning programs at Maryville College in Tennessee, as well as high school ball in Tennessee and Florida.

“I want to thank Dr. Umidi (Executive Vice President of Student Life), Michael Allen, the athletic department coaches and staff, and the committee for entrusting me as the next head coach of the Men’s Basketball program,” said Beaty. “Regent is a special place that I have intentionally prayed about, and that Christ would open the door so not only that I might lead young men, but that I might continue to grow my relationship with the Lord in His called mission field for myself.”

Beaty’s commitment to player development has resulted in him coaching Academic All-Conference players, All-Region Players, multiple Conference Player of the Year, and Two McDonald All-Americans.

With excitement in his new hire, Allen added, “Beaty will not only mentor and challenge our student-athletes in all walks of their lives, but most importantly, his love for the Lord and alignment with our university’s mission to create Christian Leaders to Change the World, will be his main goal.”

About Regent University

Founded in 1977, Regent University is America’s premier Christian university, with more than 13,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 150 areas of study including business, communication and the arts, counseling, cybersecurity, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing, healthcare, and psychology. Regent University has been ranked the #1 Best Accredited Online College in the United States (, 2020), the #1 Safest College Campus in Virginia (YourLocalSecurity, 2021), and the #1 Best Online Bachelor’s Program in Virginia for 12 years in a row (U.S. News & World Report, 2024).