Honoring Virginia Tech’s Coach Frank Beamerby Representative Robert J. Wittman
Posted on 2015-12-09
WITTMAN asked and was given permission to address the House for
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. WITTMAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Virginia Tech's Coach
Frank Beamer, who, after 29 years, will retire at the end of this
season as a football coach, mentor, friend, and role model on and off
Coach Beamer was a 3-year starting cornerback for the Hokies, and after taking over as the Hokies' head coach in 1987, he built the football program at his alma mater into a national power. Coach Beamer stands as the winningest active Division I football coach and the sixth all-time, with 279 career wins.
Mr. Speaker, during his 29 years at Virginia Tech, he has 237 victories and has guided the Hokies to four ACC titles, 3 Big East championships, 6 appearances in BCS bowl games, and has posted 13 seasons with 10 or more wins. At the end of this month, Virginia Tech will play in a bowl game for the 23rd consecutive year under Beamer's lead, the longest current streak in college football recognized by the NCAA.
Beamer has been the face of the Hokie football team and the Virginia Tech community as a whole for many years, and he will certainly be missed.
Thank you, Coach Beamer, for all that you have contributed to Virginia Tech, to Blacksburg, and to the game of college football.