Univ. of Minnesota Crookston - Men's Basketball



Bryan Beamish  |  Associate Head Coach

Bryan Beamish is in his fourth season as an assistant coach for Minnesota Crookston and his third as the program’s lead assistant.

Beamish's primary responsibilities are recruiting throughout the Midwest, scouting game film of opponents and helping coach the big men for the Golden Eagles. He also already helped coach post player Gable Smith to a school-record for blocks and has helped him improve on the offensive side of the ball where he averaged 7.4 points and 5.5 rebounds as a redshirt sophomore during the 2016-17 campaign.

In his first season as an assistant coach, Beamish made an instant impact helping the Golden Eagles to a 7-20 mark, their most wins since the 2000-01 season.

In year two during the 2015-16 season, Beamish helped the Golden Eagles in their first year of their rebuilding process as the staff’s first full recruiting class arrived on campus. Beamish, along with Head Coach Dan Weisse, put an emphasis on recruiting and building a team of not just talent, but high character people who achieve on an off the floor.

In his third season on staff, the Golden Eagles began to turn the corner as they saw continued progress. Minnesota Crookston more than doubled their win total from the previous season with eight, finishing with four conference wins. The U of M Crookston fell just short of the NSIC/Sanford Health quarterfinals after losing a heartbreaker at the buzzer in the first round to Upper Iowa. The season was highlighted by the stand-out performance of freshman Harrison Cleary, who was named NSIC Freshman of the Year, the first player in school history to earn that accolade and the first person since the 2006-07 season to earn a conference specialty award. Cleary also earned All-NSIC Second Team honors, becoming the first player since the 2003-04 season to earn all-conference recognition. In addition, Cleary would earn a pair of national awards as he was named to the Division II Bulletin All-Freshman Team and was selected as Hero Sports Division II Newcomer of the Year.

Prior to arriving at Minnesota Crookston, Beamish spent one season as a graduate assistant for the men's basketball program at the University of Miami (Fla) under Jim Larranaga.

As a graduate assistant for the Hurricanes, Beamish's primary responsibilities were breaking down opponent's game film, assisting during practice and helping run Miami's basketball camps. During Beamish's one season with the Hurricanes he helped lead the team to a 17-15 mark.

Before making the trip south to Miami, Beamish was an assistant coach for two seasons at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Fla. as a member of Head Coach Lance Randall's staff. Before making the move to Florida, Beamish was an assistant coach for one season at his alma mater, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he helped the Pointers to a successful 26-4 record and a Sweet 16 appearance at the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

As a player, the Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., native had a prolific four-year career for the Pointers. During his time in Stevens Point, he earned First Team All-Conference honors twice and served as team captain during his junior and senior seasons. Beamish started every game during three of his four years with the Pointers. He helped lead the team to two Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Regular-Season and Tournament Championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances.

Beamish earned his Bachelor's Degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He earned a Master's in Business Administration (M.B.A.) with an emphasis in sports business from Saint Leo University in 2014. Beamish resides in Crookston.

Krayton Nash  |  Assistant Coach

Krayton Nash is in his first season as assistant men's basketball coach.

Nash came to U of M Crookston from St. John's Northwestern Military Academy, where he was most recently the associate director and head basketball coach of the Post Graduate Leadership Program for the last five seasons. During his time at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy, Nash recruited and placed 31 players into colleges to play basketball with 15 playing at the NCAA Division I level.

Prior to arriving at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy, Nash spent nine seasons as an assistant coach at the collegiate level instrumental in amassing an overall record of 163-79. His most recent stop was an assistant men's basketball coach at Cardinal Stritch University, a NAIA school in Milwaukee, Wis. During his time with the Wolves the team went 78-25 overall. He helped the team to a pair of top 10 national rankings and three-straight NAIA Division II Tournaments, with the team reaching the NAIA Elite 8 during the 2011-12 season. He had a significant role in recruiting and developing the team that would later go on to win the 2013 NAIA Men's Basketball National Championship.

From 2007-2009, Nash was an assistant at Concordia University-Chicago, an NCAA Division III school.  Upon his arrival, Nash helped increase the teams win totals each year, doubling the Cougar's win total in his last year there. In addition, his team finished first in the conference in rebounding that season.

In the 2004-07 seasons, Nash served as an assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach at Carroll College (now Carroll University). He helped guide to the most successful period of competition in the history of the men's basketball program. During his tenure, the team went 54-23. They achieved the program's first ever national rankings, while winning the 2006-2007 Midwest Conference Championship. They made Carroll's first two NCAA Division III Tournament appearances and reached the Sweet 16 in the 2006-2007 tournament.

His first college coaching job came at his alma mater University of Wisconsin-Platteville during the 2003-04 season. Nash helped the Pioneers to a runner-up finish at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Tournament.

Nash played at the college level at Wisconsin-Platteville, where he was a member of former University of Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan's 1999 NCAA Division III National Championship squad. Nash earned his Bachelor of Science in industrial technology management from Wisconsin-Platteville in 2004. He obtained his Master of Education in health education from Carroll University in 2012. Nash was enshrined in the Wisconsin-Platteville Athletic Hall of Fame in May of 2015 along with the entire 1999 championship team.

Nash, a native of Mequon, Wis., has also held a variety of administrative positions in education including as a transfer counselor at Cardinal Stritch and Concordia-Chicago. He also worked for the Mequon/Thiensville School District in a variety of roles. He plans to reside in Crookston.

Dani Schroeder  |  Assistant Athletic Trainer

Bio. coming soon!