RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Shane Beamer has hit his new recruiting trail. That's where he's felt comfortable, and now he gets to do it for the school that's always been the dearest to his heart. And he also gets to work for his dad.
But Beamer certainly did not get the job as the associate head coach of the Virginia Tech football team because of his last name. Beamer has spent 11 years away from Blacksburg, and became one of the top assistants in the country at Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Mississippi State and South Carolina. As the head recruiter in Columbia, Beamer's classes always were in the top 20 in the country, and the day he left, he helped the Gamecocks bring in the top recruit in the country, Jadeveon Clowney.
But Beamer always wanted to coach with his dad, and felt that with how infrequent coaching jobs open in Blacksburg, he couldn't let this opportunity pass him by.
Beamer also says he's constantly motivated by his last game that he played in the Maroon and Orange. The long snapper/wide receiver graduated in 2000, which means his final game was the Sugar Bowl, where the Hokies lost the national championship to Florida State. Beamer says he has come to Virginia Tech to finish the job, and bring the school it's first football national championship.
To do it, Beamer admits he's going to have to rule the recruiting trail in Richmond. He has taken over the recruiting in the Capital region, and he's all ready been working hard. Tuesday he spoke to the Richmond Chapter of the Hokie Club at Hunting Hawk Golf Club, but couldn't stay for the golf, because he had three more high schools to visit in the afternoon. Beamer has always been a tireless worker, and he believes that getting to know the high school coaches and players all over the state, will keep the great players in the state going to Tech.
And if that happens, he just might get that championship.