Shane Beamer is expected to join the staff. (UPDATED, It's Official.)

Our sources are telling us Coach Hite is going to retire.

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It's official.

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer announced Monday that longtime assistant Billy Hite has been elevated to a new administrative position as assistant to the head coach and senior advisor, and that Shane Beamer will join the Tech coaching staff and assume Hite’s on-field duties as running backs coach.

“Over the years, I’ve had great confidence in Billy’s judgment and advice,” Beamer said. “I appreciate the fact that I will continue to be able to rely on him in this regard. He will continue to be a valuable part of our football program and will be a real asset working with our alumni and former players in different ways.”

Hite, who has served as the Hokies’ running backs coach for the past 33 seasons, joined the Tech staff under former coach Bill Dooley in 1978. He remained on the staff when Beamer took over in 1987 and was named to the position as assistant head coach by Beamer the following year. He was promoted to the position of associate head coach in December 2000.

Hite has been on the sidelines for more Virginia Tech football games than any other coach and has helped produce nine of the Hokies’ top 11 career rushing leaders. The Hokies have averaged nearly 200 yards per game (195.0) over a 398-game span under Hite and developed 26 running backs who have gone on to sign with NFL teams, a number that is expected to grow with this spring’s draft.

“I would like to thank Coach Beamer and the athletic and university administrators for 33 great years as a coach at Virginia Tech,” Hite said. “I also want to thank all the people who are giving me the opportunity for this new challenge. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Shane Beamer comes to Virginia Tech after spending four seasons on the University of South Carolina’s coaching staff, coaching the Spurs and strong safeties for two seasons after coaching the outside linebackers in 2007 and the cornerbacks in 2008. He also served as the special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the Gamecocks’ program.

“I think we are fortunate to get Shane to come back to Virginia Tech,” coach Frank Beamer said. “He has had the opportunity to develop a good background, having coached at Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Mississippi State and South Carolina.”

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.

“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to return to Virginia Tech,” the younger Beamer said. “I’ve been gone 11 years and during that time I’ve been around a number of great coaches and great programs and had the opportunity to learn a lot. Now, I look forward to returning to Blacksburg and helping Virginia Tech continue to win championships.

“I’m also excited to have the opportunity to be around Coach Hite. I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for him and I welcome the chance to learn from him.”

Prior to his stint at South Carolina, Beamer spent the previous three seasons at Mississippi State University, where he coached the defensive backs his first two seasons and the running backs in his final year, and was the recruiting coordinator all three seasons. Beamer went to MSU from the University of Tennessee, where he spent three seasons as a graduate assistant helping with the defensive backs; coaching the place-kickers, punters and long snappers; and assisting in all special teams areas. Beamer worked one season (2000) as a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech, helping with the Yellow Jacket quarterbacks and wide receivers.

Beamer earned his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in 1999 and was the Hokies’ starting long snapper for three seasons. He also contributed as a wide receiver. He played on four bowl teams and three Big East Conference championship squads. He concluded his college playing career by helping the 1999 Hokies to a No. 2 final regular-season ranking and a berth in the national championship game played against Florida State in the Sugar Bowl.

http://www.hokiesports.com/football/recaps/20110214aab.html

I just hope

I hope he can recruit some #1s for VT like he just did at SC.

Down the road

I'm glad he is coming back and hopefully he can land some awesome recruits for us in coming seasons. However, this leads to some real big questions about who's going to be the Head Coach for the 2017 season. Bud Foster is no longer the shoe-in candidate. Makes me wonder if Foster will leave before then for his own BCS HC gig...

I agree. This could defiantly be an early indication on how Frank makes his way out, maybe paving the way for Shane to come in. If Foster ends up to leave for a BCS gig I expect Torian Gray to come in and be a great D-Coordinator. The way Torian shut down the UNC offense with the defensive scheme he came up with, reassures me that we are in great hands. I personally think that Torian will be a great HC someday. Shane will provide a young face that recruits can relate to, and will be great change for a very stagnant staff. I just hope expectations aren't to high for Shane to recruit immediately. It may take some time for him to get adjusted. I also don't want to leave out Coach Hite, it was a great run and he did a lot of great things for the program. Hopefully he can settle down now and watch his son play some ball in college.

nice!!

I had a work deadline and have been cranking away for the past 2 days, just saw this on my smartphone Facebook stream. Made my night!

Althought Hite would not have been my first choice, this could be the first step in the right direction of everything we've been blogging about the past few weeks. I'd be surprised if we didn't see an immediate impact on the quality of our class, we now have some young coaches with major street cred.

Some schools sell themselves

Despite the successes VT is still a tough sell. SEC schools don't need much help. Is it the school or is it the coaching staff that makes the difference? I am hoping for the best but not sure if we have enough to offer. If we run the table this fall we can show we are a force despite losing so much offensive talent. Trouble is we don't show enough flash and pop (on offense mainly) for today's flashy players. The defense speaks for itself. Shane may help a little on the recruiting but it may not last for long.

Coach Hite

I talked to Coach Hite's wife down in Miami at the Orange Bowl and she said he was having trouble with his eyes. I don't remember what she said was wrong but it had something to do with bright lights. Mrs. Hite said he had to wear sunglasses even indoors, so you can only imagine what it was like in Florida. I don't know if this little health issue had anything to do with him taking this new position, it's probably not that big of an issue. He could also be pulling the Urban Meyer card and want to see his son play some college football. I know he was looking at some state D-3 schools, but heard a rumor he was offered a walk-on by Beamer for Tech. I wish him the best though, he did a lot for this program to be where it is today.

Health Issues

Everyone also said "Hite had health issues" but never gave specifics. And I had also wondered why he was always wearing the sunglasses, most notably at night like at the ACCCG this year.

I heard his son would be a walk-on caliber player as well.

Whatever happens I wish Coach Hite the best, like you said he was a key cog in Beamer Co.