Tim Beauregard, a 2000 graduate of Yosemite High School, has been named the new head women’s basketball coach at Fresno Pacific University, and former Badger great Katie Menton, class of 2007, has joined his staff as an assistant coach.
Beauregard, 33, an FPU alum who served as the lead assistant on a national championship team at Azusa Pacific University, becomes the eighth head coach in the school’s history.
Beauregard played in the Yosemite youth basketball programs. He was on the 1999 Badgers team with Charlie Medley, Mac Blate and Lonnie Velasco that won the North Sequoia League Championship. It was the last championship by a boys basketball team at YHS. The next season he played a key role on a Yosemite team which upset the No. 2 and No. 3 ranked teams in the division during the regular season, losing a tough home CIF playoff game against Shafter.
After high school, Beauregard stayed involved in basketball, running summer camps for a national organization and coached in the Yosemite youth program.
In addition to coaching for the Sunbirds, Beauregard earned his bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from FPU and also holds a master’s degree in leadership development from APU.
Beauregard returns to FPU after previously serving as an assistant with the Sunbirds from 2006-10. While at FPU, Beauregard aided in all aspects of the program and helped the Sunbirds to their last winning season in 2007.
During a head coaching transition following his final season as the lead assistant at FPU, Beauregard oversaw the program for a brief period, landing Yosemite High’s top 2010 recruits Jenay Herring and Sienna Gonzales. Both played four years for the Sunbirds and earned degrees, and Herring went on to become FPU’s second all-time leading scorer.
“I’m deeply honored by the opportunity to lead the Fresno Pacific women’s basketball program into its next era ... it is my goal to immediately infuse the program with energy, excitement and confidence,” Beauregard said.
Menton joins FPU coaching staff
Menton, who won a Knights of Columbus state free-throw shooting contest as an eighth grader in 2003, spent her youth playing in the Yosemite Youth Basketball Association program.
At YHS she scored 2,245 points during her YHS career, making her the leading scorer in school history, along with the school’s all time steals leader. She added four D-III CIF Championships, was twice named the Fresno Bee’s Player of the Year and won the Central Valley ESPY for Female Athlete of the Year.
After graduating from Yosemite in 2007, Menton played for Pepperdine University where she was named to the West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team in 2008. She sunk six three pointers in a game on three occasions, 66 in one season, and 212 for her career, good enough for second on the Waves’ all-time list.
Menton, 26, finished her Pepperdine career in 2012 with 1,163 total points, making her the 17th member of the program’s 1,000 point club.
“I was thrilled when I got the call from Tim,” Menton said. “As much as I wanted to scream with excitement I was sort of speechless.”
“I am ecstatic to add Katie to our staff and know she will do great things for us,” Beauregard said. “She was a tremendous player and will no doubt seamlessly transition into a coaching role with the same passion and energy in which she played. She understands the landscape of high-level college athletics and will be a great resource for our players and coaching staff alike. There is no doubt in my mind that our players will greatly benefit from having a coach that intimately understands the life of a student-athlete.”
Beauregard and Menton know each other well having both coached Fresno AAU travel teams, Cal Sparks Extreme.
Menton, who works for the State Disability Insurance branch of the Employment Development Department, said Beauregard and her share the same enthusiasm and love for the game.
Beauregard is very familiar will all the schools in the Central Valley.
“There is a plethora of talent in the Central Valley and we want to make sure we build this program up with talent from Bakersfield to Sacramento,” Beauregard said.
Beauregard will take over a program that went 5-21 last year in its first season as active members of NCAA D-II, which included a 3-17 mark in PacWest play. The Sunbirds have gone 11-40 over the past two years and haven’t posted a winning record since the 2006-07 season.
Despite the recent drought, the FPU women’s basketball program has a rich tradition with an all-time record of 535-446 (.545 win percentage), seven conference titles (second most in the history of the Golden State Athletic Conference prior to the program joining the NCAA) and numerous alumni that have gone on to become leaders in their communities.
“Historically women’s basketball has been a very successful program at FPC, and we hope to move in the right direction by doing the right things in the right ways,” Beauregard said. “The foundation of our program is the relentless pursuit of excellence. I define this as excellence in the classroom, on the court and in the community. If we do all that, the wins and success will follow.”
Blate respected mentor
Both Beauregard and Minton played for Coach Gary Blate at YHS.
“Gary Blate is still a mentor and a good friend of mine, and I have appreciated his support for me over the years,” Beauregard said. “He’s been a great sounding board for me during the last 10 years I have pursued my passion for coaching.”
“Coach Blate taught me as a player it’s not just about your talent - it’s also about commitment and sacrifice,” Menton said. “I want to emulate him ... he has done so much to make the girls program at YHS successful and if I can be even half of what he is as a coach, I’ll be OK.”
Minton played for Julie Rousseau while at Pepperdine, and remembers Rousseau not only pushing her team to be better players, but pushing them to be better students and better people.
“She wanted us to be the best we could be both on and off the court,” Menton said.
Other Sunbird assistant coaches named by Beauregard are Doug Carter, James Stevens and Shannae Thiesen.
The Sunbirds open the season with a 5:30 p.m. exhibition game Nov. 7 at home against Bethesda.