“Beamer’s announcement ends one of the most unique relationships in all of college sports, one we may never see the likes of again. Beamer’s 29 seasons is 12 years longer than the next most tenured coaches in FBS football (Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops and Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz).
He’s seen Tech’s Lane Stadium grow to 66,000 from 47,500, and the school’s athletic profile transformed from an annual homecoming opponent to national title contender. As a university, Virginia Tech grew from a regional school to a national brand. The coach saved in part by an irritating parishioner went on to inspire a specific style football— Beamer Ball—synonymous with hard hits, blocked kicks and Monkish discipline.
Beamer’s value to Tech transcends his 235-120-2 record there, as he nurtured the school through the horrific 2007 school shooting by becoming the face of the university during the tragedy. The hardest question to answer about Beamer’s legacy will be whether he’s meant more to Virginia Tech or if his alma mater has meant more to him.”
College Vault celebrates the coaching legends of college football and Frank Beamer is certainly a Virginia Tech legend. It’s the end of an era for Hokie fans who will be forever grateful for Coach Beamer.