UVA football head coach Mike London announced today the hiring of Dave Borbely as the offensive line coach and Chris Beatty as the running backs coach. Borbely returns to UVa for his second stint with the Cavaliers after spending four years at Louisville and one year at DII Colorado State-Pueblo, while Beatty spent the last two seasons as the wide receivers coach at Wisconsin. Current Virginia assistant coach Larry Lewis will coach the tight ends and also continue to serve as the special teams coordinator.
Borbely and Beatty fill the openings on the staff made by the retirement of associate head coach for offensive and tight ends coach Tom O’Brien, and the departure of offensive line coach Scott Wachenheim, who is now the head coach at VMI.
“With the departure of two successful, veteran coaches from our staff, it was important to attract coaches with similar qualities to fill their roles,” London said. “Chris Beatty and Dave Borbely have ties to the state of Virginia and they have a track record of developing talent that will continue to help the program improve.”
Borbely returns to Charlottesville where he spent four seasons (2006-09) as the running game coordinator and offensive line coach. He moved on to Charlie Strong’s staff at Louisville (2010-13) for four seasons before spending the 2014 season helping lead Colorado State-Pueblo to the NCAA DII national championship. He served as the offensive line coach at both stops.
During his first stint at UVa, Borbely tutored senior offensive tackle Eugene Monroe to several 2008 All-America squads, including second-team honors by the Associated Press and Walter Camp Football Foundation. Monroe also received the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given to the ACC’s top blocker. In his time with the Cavaliers, Borbely also coached Branden Albert, a third-team AP All-American in 2007, as well as offensive guard Austin Pasztor in 2008 and 2009, who later was a second-team AP All-American in 2011. All three offensive linemen are now in the NFL.
“I have worked with Dave Borbely and know him to be an excellent offensive line coach, technician and teacher,” said London. “He brings a wealth of football knowledge and value to the staff as a veteran coach who has experience at the BCS level. His familiarity with the Virginia program will be a benefit as we resume recruiting, begin our off-season conditioning and prepare for spring football.”
Borbely, who has coached in 14 bowl games during his career, has also served as the offensive line coach at Colorado (2002-05), Notre Dame (1998-2001), Stanford (1995-97), Tulane (1992-94), Temple (1989-91) and Rice (1986-88).
Borbely, who had two years of playing experience at DePauw University (Ind.), began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Evansville (1981-82) before serving as the defensive line and freshman team coach at Pennsylvania in 1983. He then went to the SEC as a graduate assistant at Tennessee for two seasons (1984-85).
A native of Hammond, Ind., Borbely and his wife, Bev, are the parents of three, Joseph, Laura and Brian.
Beatty comes to Charlottesville with FBS coaching experience at Wisconsin, Illinois, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Northern Illinois. He has experience coaching various offensive positions, including serving as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Illinois in 2012, running backs and slot receivers coach at West Virginia from 2008-10 and wide receivers coach at Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.
During the 2013 season, Beatty coached senior wide received Jared Abbrederis, who tied the Badgers’ all-time record for catches with 202 and finished his career with 3,140 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns, both second in school history. In his final season at Wisconsin, Abbrederis set the school record for receptions in a season with 78 catches and became the third receiver in school history to rack up 1,000 receiving yards in a season with 1,081. While at West Virginia, Beatty coached running back Noel Devine, who rushed for more than 3,600 yards under Beatty’s direction and earned a pair of All-Big East honors.
“Chris Beatty has been an accomplished coach and an asset to the overall production and improvement of the programs he has been associated with during his career,” London said. “While he has been recognized as one of the best recruiters in college football, that should not overshadow the fact he has enjoyed a lot of success at the different positions he has coached. Coupled with his background coaching in Virginia, I expect him to have a significant impact in our program.”
Beatty was part of a Wisconsin squad that finished with an 11-3 record in 2014, including a 34-31 overtime win against Auburn in the Outback Bowl. Beatty’s corps of wide receivers was efficient in the passing game and in the rushing game, blocking for Melvin Gordon during his record-shattering season.
Beatty got his start at the FBS level as Northern Illinois’ running backs coach in 2007. He began his collegiate coaching career as the offensive coordinator at Hampton, where he also coached quarterbacks and wide receivers in 2006.
A 1994 graduate of East Tennessee State, where he was a standout wide receiver, Beatty played professionally in the Canadian Football League before becoming a successful high school coach in Virginia. He led Landstown High School to a 40-2 record from 2003-05 and won a state championship with a team that featured current New York Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin.
A native of Centreville, Va., Beatty and his wife, Kris, are the parents of son Aaron.
Beatty and Borbely begin their duties at Virginia immediately.