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UCF KNIGHTS

SEAN BECKTON

DEFENSIVE BACKS • NINTH YEAR OVERALL AT UCF • UCF, 1993 A member of the UCF Athle�cs Hall of Fame, Sean Beckton is in his ninth year overall at UCF, where he serves as the program’s defensive backs coach. He is in the first year of his third s�nt as an assistant coach at his alma mater. From 1996-03, Beckon served as UCF’s wide receivers coach. During that �me, he mentored some of the best wideouts in program history, including Siaha Burley, Doug Gabriel, Jimmy Fryzel, Brandon Marshall and Mike Walker. Gabriel, Marshall and Walker all played in the Na�onal Football League a�er concluding their collegiate careers. Beckton’s success with the Knights included a four-year run where the Knights had a receiver ranked in the top six in the na�on in recep�ons per game each season. Before re-joining the UCF staff under George O’Leary, Beckton spent �me as an assistant for the Orlando Predators in the Arena Football League. A na�ve of Daytona Beach, Beckton was a star wide receiver for the team from 1987-90. He concluded his career as the program’s career leader in recep�ons with 196 and receiving yardage with 2,493. Against Texas Southern as a senior, Beckton threw a touchdown pass, ran for a touchdown, caught a touchdown and also scored on a punt return. A�er brief s�nts with the Chicago Bears and the Cincinna� Bengals in the Na�onal Football League, Beckton returned to UCF in 1992-93, serving as an offensive graduate assistant coach, where he mainly worked with the Knights’ �ght ends. From 1993-96, Beckton coached and taught history at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach. He helped Mainland to a pair of state championships, and in his role as a basketball coach, also helped mentor current Na�onal Basketball Associa�on star Vince Carter. Beckton, who also played for the Predators from 199394, was inducted into the UCF Athle�cs Hall of Fame in 2000. He graduated from UCF in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and a minor in physical educa�on. Along with his many football accomplishments, he has also served as the physical educa�on department chair at Mainland. Beckton and his wife, Zorana, have a son, Sean, Jr., and a daughter, Zaria. Coaching Experience • UCF, 2009-Present Defensive Backs • Orlando Predators, 2008 Wide Receivers • UCF, 1996-03 Wide Receivers • Mainland (Fla.) High School, 1993-96 Assistant Coach • UCF, 1992-93 Offensive Graduate Assistant

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