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Frank Beamer
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Football Coach
    (October 18, 1946- )
    Head Coach, Virginia Tech Hokies (1987- )
    1999 NCAA Coach of the Year
    Coached Virginia Tech to NCAA Championship game in 1999-2000 season
    His teams always seem to choke down the stretch.
    This has earned the team the nickname of 'Chokies.'
    He opened Beamer's Restaurant, which quickly became a bust and shut down.
    Many people feel his son Shane got coaching opportunities solely on his father's name.
    He flirted with leaving his alma mater to coach UNC in 2000.
    He is larger than life in Virginia.
    He was presented a Humanitarian Award by the National Conference for Community and Justice for his contributions to fostering justice, equity and community in the Roanoke Valley in 2004.
    He was expected to struggle his first season in the ACC (2004) and ended up winning the ACC Championship.
    He talked Michael Vick out of changing to wide receiver.
    For a big-time program, he runs a very tight ship.
    He suspended Marcus Vick for the 2004 season, proving no player is bigger than the program at Virginia Tech.
    He was raised in Hillsville, VA which is known to be a racist town, but he is not at all bigoted and African-American players love him.
    He is loyal to his staff and refused to sign an extension until his assistants received raises as well.
    His #25 is retired at Tech, where he lettered 3 times as a defensive back.
    In 1999, he was named National Coach of the Year by 8 different associations.
    He began his coaching career at The University of Maryland.

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