Virginia Tech Football: Frank Beamer Hires Son Shane Beamer to Coaching Staff

Justin CocchiolaCorrespondent IFebruary 14, 2011

It was announced Monday afternoon that Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer has finally brought his son and University of South Carolina recruiting coordinator and special teams coach, Shane Beamer to coach under him at Virginia Tech.

Kyle Tucker of the Virginia Pilot broke the story, and you can read that release here.

Shane Beamer will be the new running backs coach, and Billy Hite has been promoted to assistant head coach and senior advisor to the football program.  Hite has been the running backs coach for 33 years.

In an earlier article posted, discussing three simple ways that Virginia Tech can land top recruits, the younger Beamer was listed. He's put together some great classes for South Carolina, including Jadeveon Clowney who announced Monday that he would be attending South Carolina.

Here's a little bit of background on Shane Beamer, and more will follow after his role with the team is announced.

In Shane's first season as recruiting coordinator at South Carolina, he brought in the nation's 12th-rated class. The Gamecocks currently rank 20th in this year's 2011 class, and that was before they landed Clowney.

What's great about Shane is that he's made his own way. He was a long snapper and wide receiver at Virginia Tech and graduated in 1999. 

He was a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech and Tennessee, and then spent three years at Mississippi State as cornerbacks coach and recruiting coordinator before joining South Carolina in 2007.

He not only brings a lot of coaching experience, but recruiting experience to the table, and a lot of it. What's also great about his recruiting experience is that he would open up another area of the country for Virginia Tech to crack into. 

Mississippi State and South Carolina are both SEC schools.

When you have ties like that, it's an upgrade to any program. He will become a fan favorite in Blacksburg, and will likely play a huge role in the program's history going forward.