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Shane Beamer explains accepting job at Virginia Tech

After 33 years of coaching the Virginia Tech running backs, Billy Hite is moving into a role of senior advisor / assistant to the head coach.

Hite’s decision to move off-the-field made room for Shane Beamer, the son of Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer.

Shane, who has served on Steve Spurrier’s staff at South Carolina the last four years, talked about the decision to join the Virginia Tech staff.

Shane Beamer explained, “It was really, I guess, last week was the first time that it was even discussed. Dad had mentioned that Coach Hite was possibly transitioning into an administrative role and would I be interested in replacing him. My first response to him was that I wanted to talk to Billy Hite. We’re not gonna come into a situation where Billy Hite was upset about the move or it was a move he didn’t want to do. I’ve got too much respect for Billy Hite. I was not gonna allow that to happen.”

“I talked to Coach Hite last Sunday – he decided to make that move later in the week – and he was on board with everything and excited.”

"It was important to me to be on my own and make my own name. I didn’t want to get into coaching like you see a lot of these sons of coaches do at the college and pro level. They finish up college and all of a sudden, their Dad hires them and they start coaching. I did not want to do that. I wanted to make my own name, make my own contacts, develop a reputation of Shane Beamer and not Frank Beamer’s son. I feel like I’ve done that over the last 11 years and the timing was just better this time around.”

The Virginia Tech non-conference schedule in 2011 includes Appalachian State, Arkansas State, at East Carolina, and at Marshall.