New Tennessee women's college basketball coach Holly Warlick speaks during a news conference Thursday, April 19, 2012, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee's Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt stepped down after coaching the Lady Vols for nearly four decades. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
Knoxville, Tenn. -- Tennessee head women’s basketball coach Holly Warlick has added another member to her staff with the addition of Mike Beaumont as the Director of Basketball Operations.
Beaumont has been on the staff at Ole Miss as the Assistant Athletics Director for Football Operations since January 2008 working for (then) head coach Houston Nutt. He replaces Lady Vol Basketball Operations Director Kathy Harston who has resigned effective June 1, 2012, to pursue other professional opportunities.
“I have known Mike for a number of years and have always been impressed with the way he goes about his business,” said Warlick. “Houston Nutt had nothing but glowing things to say about him and it will be great to have Mike’s operations knowledge and experience on our staff.”
A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas (2000, B.S.E in Health Education) and Arkansas State (1994, B.S. in Kinesiology & Exercise Science), Beaumont worked as an academic counselor for the University of Arkansas men's athletics department (2006-08), working primarily with football, before joining the Rebels.
It was during his time in the high school ranks that Nutt took notice of his abilities and invited Beaumont to join his staff at the University of Arkansas in 2006. In 2008, Beaumont remained with Nutt’s staff in a move that brought him new duties at the University of Mississippi. At Ole Miss, Beaumont was the personal assistant to the head coach and the head administrator for all matters that related to the staff, the student athletes and the program. Beaumont also served as one of the main contacts and liaison with all institutional departments, external agencies and the public relations for the football program. While at Ole Miss, the Rebels played in the Cotton Bowl in 2008 and 2009. During his time in Oxford, Beaumont had the opportunity to be a part of team that included now NFL greats Mike Wallace, Dexter McCluster and Michael Oher.
At Arkansas, he served as the academic counselor for the football team. Beaumont also served as the liaison between the faculty and the athletic department. He assisted in the management of tutors, mentors and learning specialist for his student-athletes with zero academic casualties. Additionally, he worked with camps and on-campus/official visits during recruiting. At Arkansas, Beaumont, had the opportunity to be a part of a team that enjoyed an SEC West Championship in 2006 and back to back January 1 bowls in 2006 and 2007. His student athletes included current NFL stars Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Peyton Hillis.
Prior to his stint in Fayetteville, Beaumont was a football and baseball coach at Lincoln (Ark.) High School and also served as assistant athletic director in addition to teaching from 2001-06. As the head baseball coach, he led his team to the 1-AAA conference championship in 2004 and was voted by his peers as the 2004 Conference Coach of the Year. The defensive coordinator on the high school football staff, he was the head coach of the junior high squad and guided Lincoln to the 2005 conference title championship on the football field .
Beaumont served as the head video coordinator at UCA in Conway during the 1999 football season while completing his degree in health education. He then moved to Mountain View (Ark.) High School to work as the defensive and offensive line coach for the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
Married to the former Susan Patton, Beaumont and his wife have two daughters – Monica (15) and Rachel (11).