Now in his 26th year as the head coach in Blacksburg, Virginia; Frank Beamer enters the 2012 season as the active wins leader and longest tenured coach in Division One FBS. Beamer has held his post since 1987, when his son Shane, who is now the associate head coach and running backs coach for Virginia Tech, was only 10 years old.
Frank Beamer is an institution at Virginia Tech. He has coached and developed a number of athletes into future NFL starters. The famous “Beamerball,” a term named after the many teams the elder Beamer has coached, whose tendency to reach the end zone through defensive and special teams returns as well as through blocked kicks, made coming up with a nickname for this style of play necessary.
Headed into the preseason at No. 20 according to the USA Today Polls, Beamer should have one of his most talented teams in recent years ready to play “Beamerball” in 2012. With a star quarterback and a stifling defense, expect the Virginia Tech Hokies to have little issues competing for the ACC Coastal Division crown, as well as the ACC title game it lost a year ago.
As the Hokies gear up for a Labor Day matchup vs. the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, look for these veteran leaders to set the tone in what should be an exciting season for Virginia Tech fans.