Frank Beamer

Changes

It's OK to wake up, you're not dreaming. On Monday afternoon Hokie Nation got exactly what we've been clamoring for since the Orange Bowl thumping and recruiting disaster(s), change. It was only one change, but to be overly dramatic, yet precisely accurate, it's a "Change We Can Believe In".

Billy Hite was the longest tenured football coach at Virginia Tech. He's been coaching running backs since 1980, under then head coach Bill Dooley. The backs Hite mentored and developed decorate the Hokies' record book–ten of eleven season rushing leaders, nine of eleven career rushing leaders and 26 of his backs inked NFL contracts. Ut Prosim, "That I May Serve", and Coach Hite did so loyally, professionally and successfully for 33 years as a coach and will continue to do so as assistant to the head coach and senior advisor.

By all accounts Shane Beamer is a tremendous young coach, relatable, well-versed, and he recruits like an animal.

Shane Beamer's first class as the recruiting coordinator (2009) for the Gamecocks was ranked as the nation's 12th-best class by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. South Carolina's 2010 class included running back Marcus Lattimore, the No. 10 player in the country according to Rivals.com, and the 2011 class was highlighted by Jadeveon Clowney, the consensus No. 1 player in the nation.

Beamer Wins the Joseph V. Paterno Award

While there isn't an official release from the Maxwell Football Club Jimmy Robertson announced on Twitter that the Frankinator won the inaugural Joseph V. Paterno Award. The award recognizes excellence both on and off the field.

The award, the first of its kind, is designed to honor the spirit of Coach Paterno, whose long-time success on the field has been matched only by his impact away from it. Through a nomination process, each current head coach has been evaluated since the summer based on his school's performance on the field, in the classroom, and within the community. For almost half a century, Coach Paterno has demanded all-around excellence from his student-athletes, as will an award that carries his name.

via Maxwell Football Club's website

Beamer was selected over finalists Troy Calhoun of Air Force, Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern and Chris Petersen of Boise State.

After running off eleven consecutive wins, including a 4th ACC Championship, and for his work in the community, like with Herma's Readers, the award is most well deserved. Congratulations!

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