Knights close out the regular season with Senior Day at Bright House.
A member of the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame, Sean Beckton is in his 13th year overall at UCF in 2013, where he served as the program's defensive backs coach from 2009-11 before taking over the wide receivers for the 2012 season. He is in the fifth year of his third stint as an assistant coach at his alma mater.
Instructing a young yet talented wide receiver corps in 2012, Beckton helped the Knights combine for 3,158 receiving yards and 28 touchdowns, marking the most in both categories since 2002. Sophomore J.J. Worton led the way with 44 catches, and classmate Rannell Hall had 631 yards to lift UCF to a 10-4 record, a Conference USA East Division crown and a win in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.
Voted on to the 2012 C-USA All-Freshman Team, Breshad Perriman ranked third among true freshman in UCF history with 26 receptions, 388 yards and three touchdowns.
The defensive backs once again shined in 2011 as UCF consistently ranked in the top-25 in the nation in passing defense. Cornerback Josh Robinson received a spot on the All-C-USA First Team for the second-straight season as he racked up 15 break-ups and two interceptions, and safety Kemal Ishmael led the Knights in tackles for the second year in a row with 81.
Robinson went on to become UCF's 29th NFL Draft pick since 1987 when he was taken in the third round of the 2011 draft by the Minnesota Vikings.
In 2010, Beckton's defensive backs were part of a team that enjoyed the finest season in school history. UCF went 11-3 overall, claimed the Conference USA Championship and defeated Georgia in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The win over the Bulldogs served as the Knights' first bowl win. UCF entered the national rankings for the first time during the campaign, and concluded the season ranked in the top 25 of both polls.
Two of Beckton's defensive backs, Ishmael and Robinson, were named to the All-C-USA First Team. Ishmael led the Knights with 93 total tackles and added two interceptions, while Robinson recorded 59 stops to go with two picks.
In his first year back at UCF in 2009, Beckton helped gel a secondary which featured four new starters and continued to improve over the course of the season.
Robinson was named a Freshman All-American after recording six interceptions and converted quarterback Michael Greco earned a free agent contract with the New York Giants after just one season as a safety.
From 1996-03, Beckton served as UCF's wide receivers coach. During that time, he mentored some of the best wideouts in program history, including Siaha Burley, Doug Gabriel, Jimmy Fryzel, Brandon Marshall and Mike Sims-Walker. Gabriel, Marshall and Sims-Walker all played in the National Football League after concluding their collegiate careers.
Beckton's success with the Knights included a four-year run where the program had a receiver ranked in the top six in the nation in receptions per game each season. Before re-joining the UCF staff under George O'Leary, Beckton spent time as an assistant for the Orlando Predators in the Arena Football League.
A native of Daytona Beach, Beckton was a star wide receiver for UCF from 1987-90. He concluded his career as the program's career leader in receptions 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.
After brief stints with the Chicago Bears and the Cincinnati Bengals in the National Football League, Beckton returned to UCF in 1992-93, serving as an offensive graduate assistant coach, where he mainly worked with the Knights' tight 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 National Basketball Association star Vince Carter.
Beckton, who also played for the Predators from 1993-94, was inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000. He graduated from UCF in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in liberal studies and a minor in physical education. Along with his many football accomplishments, he has also served as the physical education department chair at Mainland.
Beckton and his wife, Zorana, have a son, Sean, Jr., and a daughter, Zaria.