Helped spark Pitt to record totals in 2016
The Owls held their second scrimmage of the spring on March 25
Wesley Beschorner was named the new Rice quarterbacks coach on January 25, 2017 after spending the 2016 season helping spark the Pitt Panthers to a record setting offensive output as an offensive quality control assistant.
In his one season with the Panthers, working with senior quarterback Nate Peterman , Pitt finished 10th nationally, scoring a school-record 532 points and Peterman led the ACC in passing efficiency (163.4), throwing for 2,855 yards and 27 TDs while completing 60.5 percent and throwing only seven interceptions.
Beschorner came to Pitt after spending 10 seasons coaching at the University of South Dakota, where he also starred on the field, earning All-American honors and was a runner-up as the national player of the year.
He worked his way up the coaching ladder at USD taking over as offensive coordinator in 2008 and being elevated to associate head coach in 2012. Over his decade on the sidelines, he crafted an offensive attack that rivaled the one he led on the field from 2001-05.
A three-year starting quarterback, Beschorner is one of the most accomplished players in USD history. He set 33 school records, including career standards for passing yards (6,240), passing touchdowns (64) and touchdown accountability (87).
As a senior in 2005, Beschorner was a first team All-American and finished as the runner-up for the prestigious Harlon Hill Trophy, annually presented to the Division II College Football Player of the Year. That season he passed for more than 3,000 yards and accounted for 47 touchdowns against just four interceptions.
Beschorner is a 2005 graduate of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in history education. He went on to receive his master's degree in athletic administration from USD in 2008.
He and his wife, Kiki, have three sons, Burke, Rhett and Troy.