|(Kyle Green for USAT)|
Beamer was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, grew up in Fancy Gap, Virginia (and, no, we don’t know where that is), went to high school in Hillsville, Virginia, and earned 11 varsity letters in high school as a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and baseball.
He attended Virginia Tech and was a starting cornerback for three years on the football team, playing in the 1966 and 1968 Liberty Bowls. He graduated in 1969 and attended Radford University for graduate school while serving as an assistant football coach at Radford High School.
From 1981 to 1986 he was the head coach of the Murray State Racers before heading to Blacksburg. He also coached at Maryland and The Citadel.
Beamer’s first winning season was in 1989 when the Hokies went 6-4-1 and his last losing season was in 1992 (2-8-1) the year before Virginia Tech’s bowl run started in 1993 and continued through the 2011 season. Under Beamer, the Hokies have won six ACC titles and never finished worse than second in their division.