Legendary coach Frank Beamer talks Virginia Tech, retirement and more

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Frank Beamer was one of the best coaches of his time. Beamer, the former Virginia Tech coach, recently joined Rachel Baribeau in her latest “Joy in Sports” podcast to talk about the Hokies, retirement and more.

Beamer, who spent 29 seasons as the school’s coach, retired upon the conclusion of the 2015 season.

“We’re doing OK,” Beamer said of life after coaching. “I look at it more from a how fortunate I’ve been to stay in one place in this business for 29 years, with all that great people that have been through there.”

Fitting with the theme of the podcast, Beamer talks extensively about the joys he received during his time coaching at Virginia Tech. At least two of those joys are the 25 sets of brothers he coached across his time with the Hokies and the five seasons he spent working with son Shane Beamer, who was the team’s running backs coach.

In addition to watching Virginia Tech play, Beamer said he will spent some time at Georgia this season, where Shane now serves as a tight ends and special teams coach on Kirby Smart’s first staff with the Bulldogs.

“I’m really proud of Shane,” Beamer said. “Taking the son out of it, he works hard, he takes care of details, he’s usually the first one in and most likely the last one to leave, that deal. But I think he has a good way about him and how he deals with people and so forth.”

Beamer also mentions Bill Dooley, the brother of Vince and uncle of Derek, who passed away earlier this month at 82. Bill Dooley was the Hokies’ coach from 1978-86; Beamer succeeded him in 1987.

“Coach Dooley did a wonderful job here before me,” Beamer said. “I just went to his funeral here this week, but I always thought a lot of him and thought he did a great job.”

As for future plans, Beamer said he looks forward to spending more time with his grandkids and wife, in addition to his new role as a special assistant to the AD in Virginia Tech’s athletic department. He also has an interest in possibly working in either TV or radio.

Beamer, who also coached at Murray State for six seasons before taking over at Virginia Tech, compiled a 280-143-4 record during his 35 seasons as a head coach, making him one of the winningest coaches in Division I history.

Former Memphis coach Justin Fuente was hired as Beamer’s replacement in November after the coach announced he was stepping down after the season.

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