The Texas Union Endowed Lectureship and Texas Athletics will host Coach Beard and Coach Beard: An Evening with Brendan Hunt on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at the Texas Union Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom (UNB 3.202). The event is FREE for guests with a UT ID. Doors to the Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom will open at 6:30 PM and the lecture will begin at 7:00 PM.
The lectureship will be a moderated conversation between Hunt, one of the writers and stars of Apple TV+’s TED LASSO, and UT Men’s Basketball head coach Chris Beard, followed by an audience-submitted Q&A. The conversation will center around Hunt’s career and journey toward TED LASSO, the ethos and philosophy behind the show, and lessons both he and Coach Beard have learned around leadership, positivity, and the power of relationships.
Brendan Hunt is an actor and writer who co-created the international smash hit TV comedy TED LASSO, garnering an Emmy, a Peabody, a Writers Guild Award, and others in the process. Brendan also appears on the show as Coach Beard. Other television and film appearances include COMMUNITY, PARKS AND RECREATION, KEY AND PEELE and HORRIBLE BOSSES 2. A Chicago native and a veteran of sketch and improv comedy, Brendan’s longest tenure with any group was with Amsterdam’s notorious Boom Chicago, where he performed with Jason Sudeikis, Seth Meyers, Jordan Peele, Amber Ruffin and many more. This was the time where he acquired an obsession with soccer that would prove life-changing. He recounted that entire expat experience in his raucous solo show FIVE YEARS IN AMSTERDAM, which he would go onto perform in three countries and multiple cities, including an appearance at the prestigious HBO US Comedy Arts Festival. Hunt is also a playwright with two acclaimed LA runs under his belt, for ABSOLUTELY FILTHY (in which he hula-hoops nearly non-stop for nearly two hours) and THE ART COUPLE, which will finally have it's COVID-cancelled remount come to fruition at LA's Kirk Douglas Theater in summer of 2022.
Chris Beard was introduced as the 25th head basketball coach at The University of Texas on April 2, 2021. Beard is a 1995 graduate of The University of Texas with a degree in Kinesiology. During his undergraduate time, he worked as a student assistant under head coach Tom Penders. In his 11 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Beard has a 252-103 (.710) record and advanced to four NCAA Tournaments (entering the 2021-22 season). Beard inherited a program at Texas Tech that was coming off five losing seasons in the six years prior to his arrival, and he guided the Red Raiders to a 112-55 (.671) record, including a 9-3 mark in NCAA Tournament games. Texas Tech advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history in 2018 and returned the following year with a trip to the 2019 National Championship Game. The 2019 Associated Press National Coach of the Year, Beard is a two-time Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year (2018 and 2019). In addition to his five years at Texas Tech, Beard has also led five other programs, serving as head coach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (2015-16), Angelo State University (2013-15), McMurry University (2012-13), Seminole State College (2000-01) and Fort Scott Community College (1999-2000).
In 1983, the newly created Texas Union Advisory Council launched a fund-raising campaign to endow the Texas Union Lectureship. The lectureship was created to expose students to a wide range of philosophies and ideas. Interest income provides funds to bring nationally known speakers to campus. The inaugural lecturer was Henry Cisneros in 1988. Subsequent lecturers have included John B. Connally, Ernest L. Boyer, Barbara Jordan, James A. Baker, Rev. Peter Gomes, James Earl Jones, and Olympian Apolo Ohno. In 2005, His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressed a full house of 12,500 in the Frank Erwin Special Events Center.
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