Monday, February 14, 2011

Shane Beamer Joins Virginia Tech's Coaching Staff

Monumental news came out of Blacksburg this afternoon when longtime Assistant Head Coach and Running Backs Coach Billy Hite announced his elevation to an administrative position within the athletic department, leaving behind his on field duties.

Hite has been Tech's running backs coach for 33 seasons, joining the coaching staff under former head coach Bill Dooley in 1978.

The move opened a vacancy for Beamer to return to Blacksburg as the new running backs coach, a position defined by Hite for so long.

During his time in Blacksburg, Hite coached 9 of the Hokies' top 11 all-time rushers and sent 26 running backs to the NFL.

Beamer returns to Tech 11 years after earning his bachelor's degree at the university.

Beamer is another in Tech's long tradition of successful walk-ons, becoming the starting long-snapper and occasional wide receiver for three seasons.

Beamer's last game as a player was the 2000 Sugar Bowl against Florida State for the BCS Championship.

As a coach, he's spent time at Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Mississippi State and most recently South Carolina.

Beamer served in several positions, including coaching special teams and as the Gamecock's recruiting coordinator, helping bring in the #12 class in the nation two years ago and helping earn a commitment from consensus #1 recruit Jadeveon Clowney this year.

“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to return to Virginia Tech,” the younger Beamer said. “I’ve been gone 11 years and during that time I’ve been around a number of great coaches and great programs and had the opportunity to learn a lot. Now, I look forward to returning to Blacksburg and helping Virginia Tech continue to win championships."

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