ATHENS — Frank Beamer is retired now, but his son Shane has built his own respected career as a football coach, and now he’s joining Kirby Smart’s new staff.
Shane Beamer is set to be announced soon as a Georgia assistant coach, the team announced on Tuesday. He will coach special teams and tight ends.
Beamer, who interviewed formally with Smart over the weekend, has known Smart for awhile through the recruiting trail. He brings a familiar name, but also a well-earned reputation of his own, and experience in special teams.
Virginia Tech built a reputation as having some of the best special teams in the country under Frank Beamer, coining the term “Beamer Ball.” The elder Beamer retired this year after three decades as the Hokies head coach.
Georgia never had a single coach overseeing special teams, so this will be a change. But Mark Richt, despite not doing so in his 15 years at Georgia, has hired his own special teams coordinator at Miami, Todd Hartley, who had been Georgia’s recruiting coordinator.
While he is an alum of Virginia Tech, where his father built the program into a national championship contender, Shane Beamer knows Georgia and the SEC well.
His first job out of college was as a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech under George O’Leary. Then Beamer moved on to be a GA at Tennessee from 2001-03 before getting joining Mississippi State in 2004 as cornerbacks coach.
Three years later Beamer joined Steve Spurrier’s staff at South Carolina, coaching outside linebackers and special teams. He left in 2011 to join his father’s staff at Virginia Tech, where he was running backs coach.
Recruiting has also been a strong suit for Beamer, who had the recruiting coordinator title at different points at Virginia Tech, South Carolina and Mississippi State. The Gamecocks had some of their strongest recruiting classes of the Spurrier era while Beamer was there, signing Jadeveon Clowney, Marcus Lattimore and Connor Shaw, among others.
The Beamer family also has a vacation home on Lake Oconee.