Former Virginia Tech football player Shane Beamer, son of the legendary Frank Beamer, is leaving his post at Georgia to become the assistant head coach for the offense at Oklahoma.
Shane Beamer is leaving Georgia to become assistant head coach for the offense at Oklahoma and will be involved with Lincoln Riley in preparing the Sooners’ weekly offensive game plan, sources tell ESPN.— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) January 22, 2018
Beamer, who came to Georgia in 2016 after his father retired, had been the special-teams coordinator and tight ends coach for the ‘Dawgs the last two seasons. Shane Beamer played for the Hokies from 1995-1999 and was a backup wide receiver and long snapper during his time in Blacksburg.
After his college career ended—much like his father—Shane went into coaching. He spent the year 2000 as a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech. After one year in Atlanta, Shane spent three seasons under Phil Fulmer at Tennessee. He received his first full-time coaching gig at Mississippi State from 2004-2006 when Sylvester Croom hired Beamer to be his cornerbacks' coach and recruiting coordinator. After his time in Starkville, Shane spent four years at South Carolina under Steve Spurrier. During this time, he would also serve as recruiting coordinator and oversaw some great classes for the Gamecocks.
After Shane cut his teeth in the SEC, his father sought to shake up his coaching staff and it was time to bring Shane home. The younger Beamer returned to Virginia Tech in 2011 as running backs coach and assistant head coach. It was certainly an exciting move at the time, however, the Hokies slipped into mediocrity during the time Shane was in Blacksburg as an assistant and he often drew the ire of fans for his recruiting efforts in the Richmond area.
When Justin Fuente took over the Hokies at the end of the 2015 season, it was known Shane wouldn’t return. For one, his father wanted to see him make it on his own outside of Blacksburg. Fortunately for the younger Beamer, new Georgia head coach Kirby Smart was excited to add Shane to his staff. He had a good two-year run in Athens as Georgia came close to winning the national championship two weeks ago.
Shane’s ultimate goal is to be a head coach. For that reason, this is an outstanding move for him. His experience in the SEC, ACC and now the wide-open Big 12, will be outstanding for his resume. Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley is arguably the top offensive coach in the country and that should only help Shane’s prospects moving forward.
It’s always good to see former Hokies doing big things and we wish Shane Beamer nothing but the best on his next journey.