Being Frank...

Former Virginia Tech football Coach Frank Beamer signs a helmet for Bluefield, Va., resident Ryland Musick, prior to the Bluefield State College Foundation earlier this year at Fincastle on the Mountain. 

 Longtime Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer — shown here signing autographs during a function at Fincastle on the Mountain in Bluefield — was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame during ceremonies on Tuesday in New York. Beamer coached for five years at Murray State before returning to his alma mater in Blacksburg to head up the Hokies. He won 238 games for Virginia Tech. He was the consensus National Coach of the Year in 1999 following Tech’s first 11-win season and first undefeated regular season in school history. He is also a five-time conference coach of the year. Virginia Tech won four ACC titles and three Big East titles during Beamer’s tenure, and the Hokies had five top-10 finishes. The program produced 16 first-team all-Americans and 79 players who were named first team all-conference. His special teams, embracing his trademark “Beamerball,” blocked more kicks in the 1990s than any other FBS program, helping him earn Big East Conference Coach of the Decade laurels. He is a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and the street in front of Lane Stadium in Blacksburg is now known as Beamer’s Way. He also serves on the College Football Playoff Committee.