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Like father, like son: Shane Beamer following in father Frank’s footsteps
Shane, now Tech’s associate head coach, moving up the ranks
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Shane Beamer stood staring out over the field, a headset covering his ears and a football playbook spread open before him. He called plays to an assistant below on the field and his players lined up and ran them.
“It would have been more shocking if he had not gone into coaching,” offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring said recently.
In fact, the only person who expressed any reservations about Shane making the X’s and O’s of the gridiron his profession was his father.
“When he first told me that’s where he was thinking of going, my question was, ‘Are you crazy?’” Frank Beamer said. “‘Are you completely nuts? You’ve lived in this house.’ And of course, the first few years weren’t great years around here. And he lived through that. Heard his dad called a bum and the moving van’s going to be there soon. That’s kind of what made me feel good about it. He’d seen tough times and he’d seen good times.”
It wasn’t just the pressure. As a coach’s son, Shane Beamer understood early on the hectic schedule football coaches keep. Father's Day is one of the few special days the Beamers celebrate without the specter of a game or the pressure of recruiting looming over it.
“Falls during May recruiting,” Shane Beamer said. “I’ve [messed] up that one before.”
But Father's Day has produced mostly success stories, most centered on the family’s lake house in Lake Coney, Ga., where they’ve been going since 1989.
The trips often include golf outings, a favorite pastime of the elder Beamer. In fact, many of the gifts Shane got for his father centered on the game. There were calendars full of pictures of famous golf courses and books on golf.
“He was never a big necktie guy,” Shane said.
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