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  • Recognizing Coach Frank Beamer on His Retirement

    by Representative H. Morgan Griffith

    Posted on 2016-01-12

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    GRIFFITH. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Coach Frank Beamer on the occasion of his retirement as the head football coach at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University--more commonly known and fondly known as Virginia Tech--located in Blacksburg, Virginia, as Coach Beamer concludes his highly successful career. For almost three decades, Coach Beamer has been a tremendous leader in Virginia and a mentor to hundreds of student athletes.

    In 29 seasons under Coach Beamer's leadership, Virginia Tech football has enjoyed unprecedented success, notching 237 wins, three Big East championships, four Atlantic Coast Conference [[Page H291]] championships, and the opportunity to play for a national championship. His ``Beamer Ball'' style of play has led Virginia Tech to become one of the Nation's most respected college football programs.

    In 1999, Coach Beamer was named the consensus Associated Press College Football Coach of the Year.

    Coach Beamer's first postseason berth as head coach at Virginia Tech was a trip to the 1993 Independence Bowl game, which resulted in a victory for the Hokies. It was only fitting that Coach Beamer ended his coaching career with a 55-52 victory over the University of Tulsa in the 2015 Independence Bowl, capping off a school record 23 straight postseason bowl games.

    Raised a short drive from Blacksburg, in Hillsville, Virginia, Coach Beamer graduated from Hillsville High School, where he earned 11 varsity letters as a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and baseball. He went on to attend Virginia Tech as an undergraduate and started 3 years as a cornerback, playing on the Hokies' 1966 and 1968 Liberty Bowl teams.

    While attending Radford University to receive his master's degree in guidance, he began his coaching career in 1969 as an assistant at southwest Virginia's Radford High School.

    {time} 1100 From there, he went on to work as a graduate assistant at Maryland for 1 year, followed by the Citadel for five seasons, where he was defensive coordinator for two of those.

    In 1979, Coach Beamer joined Murray State University as defensive coordinator and was named head coach in 1981.

    In 1987, he made his way back to his native southwest Virginia to take the reins at Virginia Tech. He has brought honor to southwest Virginia and Virginia Tech by always being the consummate Virginia gentleman and a darn good football coach to boot.

    He has devoted his time and passion to the teams he has coached as well as the greater southwest Virginia community. In fact, in 2004, he was presented with a Humanitarian Award by the National Conference of Community and Justice for his contributions to fostering justice, equity, and community in the Roanoke Valley.

    As evidenced by his incredible success, Coach Beamer has much to be proud of and can look back on an honest and accomplished career. His passion for coaching led him to achieve what many coaches only dream of.

    He has positively shaped the futures and touched the lives of the Virginia boys and girls that he has dealt with--particularly, the boys on his football team--and has made us a better State. This is truly the great measure of a great coach.

    Mr. Speaker, I am honored to help commemorate the career of a remarkable man. After 29 years of dedicated leadership to Virginia Tech and the greater community, I would like to thank Coach Beamer for his service. I wish him and his family all of the best in his retirement.


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