After spending more than a quarter of a century at the head of the Virginia Tech football program, it’s inevitable that people start to wonder who will replace the Hokies’ Frank Beamer.
Beamer’s current contract runs through 2016, but no one is exactly sure how long he’ll continue on as coach after that deal expires, if he does at all.
Accordingly, with the recent retirement of longtime Tech athletic director Jim Weaver, it sure seems as if change is in the air at the university. While it might not be immediate, replacing Beamer will likely be a challenge for the school’s new AD, Whit Babcock.
Babcock’s had some experience in the coaching search during his stint with Cincinnati, hiring Tommy Tuberville to replace the departed Butch Jones, but replacing a legend like Beamer will be a tall order, regardless of his previous success.
The Hokies have long shown a proclivity for hiring internally under Weaver—six of the last seven of the program’s head coaches coached at Tech—so while Babcock might’ve shown a tendency to hire from outside the program at Cincinnati, there will be a lot of pressure on him to look inside the school first and foremost.
He won’t have to look very far to find worthy candidates for the job—several coaches have a claim to being Beamer’s heir apparent.
Read on to learn about each of the Hokies’ future candidates for head coach, presented in order of likelihood that they get serious consideration to fill Beamer’s very large shoes.