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Frank Beamer    

Former Head Football Coach of Virginia Tech

Frank Beamer, the first Virginia Tech alumnus to guide the Hokies’ football program since the 1940s, won more games at Tech than any other head football coach.

Prior to Beamer, no other coach in Virginia Tech history had served more than 10 seasons as head coach. Beamer was also the most-tenured active FBS head coach, having been at his current school consecutively longer than any other coach in the nation at the time of his retirement. With a victory in the Independence Bowl, Beamer led the Hokies to 23 straight bowl games, making him one of four coaches all-time in college football history to accomplish that feat.

Under the direction of Coach Beamer and his staff, the Hokies:

  • Played for the national championship for the first time in school history.
  • Became the only school to go to bowl games each of the last 23 seasons (longest active streak per NCAA).
  • Became one of only six programs in college football history to go to a bowl in at least 20 straight years, Nebraska (35), Michigan (33), Florida State (24), Alabama (25), Tech (23; active) and Florida (22).
  • Earned seven conference titles and eight “major” bowl bids in a 23-year span.
  • Became one of only four teams in the history of the Division I level to produce 10 or more wins eight seasons or more in a row.
  • Compiled a school-record streak in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll at 84 consecutive weeks.
  • Posted 11 wins in a season for the first time.
  • Registered the program’s first back-to-back 11-win seasons.
  • Produced the school’s first 11-0 regular-season record in football.
  • Won Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl titles.
  • Won four Atlantic Coast Conference titles.
  • Won an ACC Championship in their first season of competition.
  • Played in five ACC Championship games.
  • Produced the ACC Coach of the Year and Player of the Year during their inaugural ACC season.
  • Became the first team in BIG EAST history to win all the league’s major awards in the same season.
  • Earned the highest national rankings in school football history, including five top-10 finishes and back-to-back top-six finishes.

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