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Frank Beamer
Frank Beamer at age 59.
Frank Beamer at age 59.
Title Head coach
College Virginia Tech
Sport Football
Team record 187–92–2 (.669)
Born October 18, 1946 (1946-10-18) (age 63)
Place of birth Mount Airy, North Carolina
Career highlights
Overall 229–115–4 (.664)
Bowls 8–9
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Championships
3 Big East Conference
(1995, 1996, 1999)
3 Atlantic Coast Conference
(2004, 2007, 2008)
Awards
12 Coach of the Year Awards (See Awards)
2004 Humanitarian Award
Playing career
1966–69 Virginia Tech
Position Cornerback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1972 (GA)
1973–76 (DL)
1977–78 (DC)
1979–80 (DC)
1981–86
1987–present
Maryland
The Citadel
The Citadel
Murray State
Murray State
Virginia Tech

Frank Beamer (born October 18, 1946 in Mount Airy, North Carolina) is the current head coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies football program.

Beamer grew up in Hillsville, Virginia where he earned 11 varsity letters in high school as a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and baseball. He then attended Virginia Tech and was a starting cornerback for three years on the football team, playing in the 1966 and 1968 Liberty Bowls. He graduated in 1969 and then attended Radford University for graduate school while serving as an assistant football coach at Radford High School.

Beamer's college coaching experience began in 1972, when he became a graduate assistant for the University of Maryland, College Park. After one season, he became an assistant coach at The Citadel under Bobby Ross. He spent seven seasons at The Citadel, with the last two as the defensive coordinator. He moved on to become the defensive coordinator at Murray State University in 1979 under Mike Gottfried. After two seasons, he was promoted to Head Coach and spent six seasons as the Head Coach at Murray State, compiling a record of 42–23–2 (.642). On December 22, 1986, Beamer was hired as the head coach of Virginia Tech. Beamer was to replace Bill Dooley, whose nine-year tenure was the most successful—in terms of total wins and winning percentage—in school history. Beamer signed a four-year contract worth $80,000 annually, and at the time, new Tech athletic director Dale Baughman—hired to replace Dooley, who also served as both Tech's athletic director and head football coach—received some criticism for hiring Beamer. "Some people have questioned this decision because he is not a big name," Baughman said at the time. "But it's a sound decision, and I'm standing by it."[1]

Beamer took over a Virginia Tech football program that was largely unsuccessful in its first century, reaching only six bowl games in that time span. Beamer has since built the Hokies into a perennially ranked team. In 22 years at the helm of VT, his overall record is 187–92–2 (.669). His teams have made 17 consecutive bowl appearances, and Beamer has gone 8–9 in those 17 bowls, including 1–3 in BCS bowls and 1–1 in BCS-precursor Bowl Alliance bowls. During the bowl streak, Beamer has amassed a record of 163–52 (.758).

During his tenure as coach, the program has evolved from independent status to a member of the Big East Conference to a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. His teams have won three Big East Championships and three ACC Championships.

He won Big East Coach of the Year awards in 1995, 1996, and 1999. In 1999, he won consensus National Coach of the Year honors when he led Virginia Tech to an undefeated regular season and appearance in the National Championship game against Florida State University. Beamer was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 2004, his first year competing in the league. He repeated as ACC Coach of the Year in 2005 while leading his team to the ACC Coastal Division title and an appearance in the inaugural ACC Championship game. His team was also given the Fall Sportsmanship Award in its inaugural season in the ACC.[2]

As of January 3rd, 2010, Frank Beamer is the second-winningest active coach (tied with Jim Tressel) behind Joe Paterno.

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Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Murray State Racers (Ohio Valley Conference) (1981–1986)
1981 Murray State 8–3 5–3 T–2nd 9
1982 Murray State 4–7 2–5 T–5th
1983 Murray State 7–4 4–3 4th
1984 Murray State 9–2 5–2 T–2nd 13
1985 Murray State 7–3–1 5–2 T–2nd 17
1986 Murray State 7–4–1 6–1 T–1st L I–AA Playoffs First Round 18
Murray State: 42–23–2 27–16 AP Rankings from NCAA Division I–AA Poll
Virginia Tech Hokies (Independent) (1987–1990)
1987 Virginia Tech 2–9
1988 Virginia Tech 3–8
1989 Virginia Tech 6–4–1
1990 Virginia Tech 6–5 25
Virginia Tech Hokies (Big East Conference) (1991–2003)
1991 Virginia Tech 5–6 1–0
1992 Virginia Tech 2–8–1 1–4
1993 Virginia Tech 9–3 4–3 4th W Independence 20 22
1994 Virginia Tech 8–4 5–2 2nd L Gator 24
1995 Virginia Tech 10–2 6–1 T–1st W Sugar 9 10
1996 Virginia Tech 10–2 6–1 T–1st L Orange 12 13
1997 Virginia Tech 7–5 5–2 2nd L Gator
1998 Virginia Tech 9–3 5–2 T–2nd W Music City 19 23
1999 Virginia Tech 11–1 7–0 1st L Sugar 3 2
2000 Virginia Tech 11–1 6–1 2nd W Gator 6 6
2001 Virginia Tech 8–4 4–3 T–3rd L Gator 18 18
2002 Virginia Tech 10–4 3–4 T–4th W San Francisco 14 18
2003 Virginia Tech 8–5 4–3 4th L Insight
Virginia Tech: 57–26 ‡ The Big East did not begin full round–robin play until 1993
Virginia Tech Hokies (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2004–present)
2004 Virginia Tech 10–3 7–1 1st L Sugar 10 10
2005 Virginia Tech 11–2 7–1 1st (Coastal) W Gator 7 7
2006 Virginia Tech 10–3 6–2 2nd (Coastal) L Chick-fil-A 18 19
2007 Virginia Tech 11–3 7–1 1st (ACC) L Orange 9 9
2008 Virginia Tech 10–4 5–3 1st (ACC) W Orange 14 15
2009 Virginia Tech 10–3 6–2 2nd (Coastal) W Chick-fil-A 10 10
Virginia Tech: 187–92–2 38–10 The ACC split into two divisions beginning with the 2005 season
Total: 229–115–4
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

[3]

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Beamerball

During the 'Beamer Era' at Virginia Tech, putting points on the scoreboard has become a full team effort - offensive, defensive and special teams. Often when the team scores one or more non-offensive touchdowns, the style of play is described as Beamerball. Since Beamer's first season in 1987, a player at every position on the defensive unit has scored at least one touchdown. And at least 25 different players have scored touchdowns while on VT's special teams.

Personal life

Beamer is married and has two children, Shane and Casey. Shane played football at Virginia Tech and was a member of the 1999 team that advanced to the National Championship. He is currently the special teams and recruiting coordinator for the South Carolina Gamecocks football team.[4]

In 1954, when Beamer was seven years old, he used a push broom to help keep a pile of burning trash in place. When the job was done he returned the broom to the garage, not knowing that its bristles were still smoldering. A spark ignited a can of nearby gasoline, that exploded in front of him. His 11-year old brother, Barnett, saved him by rolling him around on the ground, but Frank was left with burns on the right side of his neck, chest and his shoulders. Over the next few years dozens of skin grafts left him with permanent scarring.[2]

Awards

Frank Beamer takes the field with the 2007 Virginia Tech Hokies football team

References

  1. ^ Smith, Tim. "Beamer realizes dream to coach Virginia Tech," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. December 24, 1986. Page D3.
  2. ^ http://www.hokiesports.com/staff/beamer.html
  3. ^ [1] 2009 OVC Football Media Guide
  4. ^ Shane Beamer

External links

Preceded by
Bill Dooley
Virginia Tech Head Football Coach
1987–
Succeeded by
Current
Preceded by
Bill Snyder
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
1999
Succeeded by
Bob Stoops
Preceded by
Bill Snyder
Walter Camp Coach of the Year
1999
Succeeded by
Bob Stoops

Frank Beamer
File:Frank
Beamer at age 59
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Virginia Tech
Conference ACC
Record 193–96–2
Biographical details
Born October 18, 1946 (1946-10-18) (age 64)
Place of birth Mount Airy, North Carolina
Playing career
1966–1969 Virginia Tech
Position Cornerback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1972
1973–1976
1977–1978
1979–1980
1981–1986
1987–present
Maryland (GA)
The Citadel (DL)
The Citadel (DC)
Murray State (DC)
Murray State
Virginia Tech
Head coaching record
Overall 231–117–4
Bowls 8–9
Tournaments 0–1 (I-AA playoffs)
Statistics
College Football DataWarehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 OVC (1986)
3 Big East (1995–1996, 1999)
3 ACC (2004, 2007–2008)
3 ACC Coastal Division (2005, 2007–2008)
Awards
AFCA Coach of the Year (1999)
Associated Press Coach of the Year (1999)
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (1999)
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (1999)
George Munger Award (1999)
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
3x Big East Coach of the Year (1995–1996, 1999)
2x ACC Coach of the Year (2004–2005)

Frank Beamer (born October 18, 1946 in Mount Airy, North Carolina) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a position he has held since 1987. From 1981 to 1986, Beamer served as the head coach at Murray State University.

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Early life and playing career

Beamer grew up in Hillsville, Virginia where he earned 11 varsity letters in high school as a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and baseball. He then attended Virginia Tech and was a starting cornerback for three years on the football team, playing in the 1966 and 1968 Liberty Bowls. He graduated in 1969 and then attended Radford University for graduate school while serving as an assistant football coach at Radford High School.

Coaching career

Beamer's college coaching experience began in 1972, when he became a graduate assistant for the University of Maryland, College Park. After one season, he became an assistant coach at The Citadel under Bobby Ross. He spent seven seasons at The Citadel, the last two as the defensive coordinator. He moved on to become the defensive coordinator at Murray State University in 1979 under Mike Gottfried. After two seasons, he was promoted to head coach, a position he spent six seasons and compiled a record of 42–23–2 (.642). On December 22, 1986, Beamer was hired as the head coach at Virginia Tech. Beamer was to replace Bill Dooley, whose nine-year tenure was the most successful in terms of total wins and winning percentage in school history. Beamer signed a four-year contract worth $80,000 annually. Virginia Tech's new athletic director, Dale Baughman, who was hired to replace Dooley in that capacity, received criticism for hiring Beamer. "Some people have questioned this decision because he is not a big name," Baughman said at the time. "But it's a sound decision, and I'm standing by it."[1]

Beamer took over a Virginia Tech football program that was largely unsuccessful in its first century, having reached only six bowl games to that point. Beamer has since built the Hokies into a perennially ranked team. In 22 years at the helm of VT, his overall record is 187–92–2 (.669). His teams have made 17 consecutive bowl appearances, and Beamer has gone 8–9 in those 17 bowls, including 1–3 in BCS bowls and 1–1 in BCS-precursor Bowl Alliance bowls. During the bowl streak, Beamer has amassed a record of 163–52 (.758).

During Beamer's tenure at Virginia Tech, the program has evolved from independent status to a member of the Big East Conference to a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. His teams have won three Big East championships and three ACC titles. Beamer has been named the Big East Coach of the Year three times, in 1995, 1996, and 1999. In 1999, he won a number of national coach of the year honors when he led Virginia Tech to an undefeated regular season and an appearance in the Sugar Bowl, where they lost a bid for the national championship to Florida State. Beamer was named the ACC Coach of the Year in 2004, his first year competing in the conference. He repeated as ACC Coach of the Year in 2005 while leading his team to the ACC Coastal Division title and an appearance in the inaugural ACC Championship Game. His team was also given the Fall Sportsmanship Award in its inaugural season in the ACC.[2]

Going into the 2010 season, Beamer was tied with Jim Tressel as the second-winningest active coach in Division I FBS behind Joe Paterno.[citation needed]

Beamerball

]] During Beamer's tenure at Virginia Tech, putting points on the scoreboard has become a full team effort, offensive, defensive and special teams. Often when the team scores one or more non-offensive touchdowns, the style of play is described as "Beamerball". Since Beamer's first season in 1987, a player at every position on the defensive unit has scored at least one touchdown. And at least 25 different players have scored touchdowns while on Virginia Tech's special teams.[citation needed]

Personal life

[[File:|thumb|right|Fancy Gap, Virginia near Beamer's hometown of Hillsville, Virginia shows its pride in Beamer]] Beamer is married to the former Cheryl Oakley and has two children, Shane and Casey. Shane played football at Virginia Tech and was a member of the 1999 team that advanced to Sugar Bowl to play for the national championship. He is currently the special teams and recruiting coordinator for the South Carolina Gamecocks.[3]

In 1954, when Beamer was seven years old, he used a push broom to help keep a pile of burning trash in place. When the job was done he returned the broom to the garage, not knowing that its bristles were still smoldering. A spark ignited a can of nearby gasoline, that exploded in front of him. His 11-year old brother, Barnett, saved him by rolling him around on the ground, but Frank was left with burns on the right side of his neck, chest and his shoulders. Over the next few years dozens of skin grafts left him with permanent scarring.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Murray State Racers (Ohio Valley Conference) (1981–1986)
1981 Murray State 8–3 5–3 T–2nd 9
1982 Murray State 4–7 2–5 T–5th
1983 Murray State 7–4 4–3 4th
1984 Murray State 9–2 5–2 T–2nd 13
1985 Murray State 7–3–1 5–2 T–2nd 17
1986 Murray State 7–4–1 6–1 T–1st L I–AA First Round 18
Murray State: 42–23–2 27–16 AP rankings from NCAA Division I–AA Poll
Virginia Tech Hokies (Independent) (1987–1990)
1987 Virginia Tech 2–9
1988 Virginia Tech 3–8
1989 Virginia Tech 6–4–1
1990 Virginia Tech 6–5 25
Virginia Tech Hokies (Big East Conference) (1991–2003)
1991 Virginia Tech 5–6 1–0
1992 Virginia Tech 2–8–1 1–4
1993 Virginia Tech 9–3 4–3 4th W Independence 20 22
1994 Virginia Tech 8–4 5–2 2nd L Gator 24
1995 Virginia Tech 10–2 6–1 T–1st W Sugar 9 10
1996 Virginia Tech 10–2 6–1 T–1st L Orange 12 13
1997 Virginia Tech 7–5 5–2 2nd L Gator
1998 Virginia Tech 9–3 5–2 T–2nd W Music City 19 23
1999 Virginia Tech 11–1 7–0 1st L Sugar 3 2
2000 Virginia Tech 11–1 6–1 2nd W Gator 6 6
2001 Virginia Tech 8–4 4–3 T–3rd L Gator 18 18
2002 Virginia Tech 10–4 3–4 T–4th W San Francisco 14 18
2003 Virginia Tech 8–5 4–3 4th L Insight
Virginia Tech Hokies (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2004–present)
2004 Virginia Tech 10–3 7–1 1st L Sugar 10 10
2005 Virginia Tech 11–2 7–1 1st (Coastal) W Gator 7 7
2006 Virginia Tech 10–3 6–2 2nd (Coastal) L Chick-fil-A 18 19
2007 Virginia Tech 11–3 7–1 1st (Coastal) L Orange 9 9
2008 Virginia Tech 10–4 5–3 T–1st (Coastal) W Orange 14 15
2009 Virginia Tech 10–3 6–2 2nd (Coastal) W Chick-fil-A 10 10
2010 Virginia Tech 4-2 2-0 (Coastal)
Virginia Tech: 193–96–2 41–10 ‡ The Big East did not begin full round–robin play until 1993
Total: 235–119–4
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ Smith, Tim. "Beamer realizes dream to coach Virginia Tech," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. December 24, 1986. Page D3.
  2. ^ "Football :: Frank Beamer". hokiesports.com. 1946-10-18. http://www.hokiesports.com/staff/beamer.html. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  3. ^ Shane Beamer Bio
  4. ^ [1] 2009 OVC Football Media Guide

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mike Gottfried
Murray State University Head Football Coach
1981–1986
Succeeded by
Mike Mahoney
Preceded by
Bill Dooley
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Head Football Coach
1987–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent


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