Former Dodd Trophy Winner and 2009 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Champion Coach Frank Beamer to be inducted into the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Hall of Fame
ATLANTA (Dec. 31, 2017) – Legendary Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer will be inducted into the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Hall of Fame in honor of his decorated 29-season coaching career leading the Hokies. Beamer won the Dodd Trophy in 1999 and defeated Tennessee in 2009 to win the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl 37-14.
“To be able to recognize a coach who is one of the best coaches in the history of college football is a true honor,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl CEO and President Gary Stokan. “As a former Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Champion and Dodd Trophy winner, we are proud of what Coach Beamer achieved on and off the field during his 29-years at the helm of the Hokies.”
Beamer was the winningest active coach in FBS history at the time of his retirement in 2015, having tallied an impressive career record of 238-121-2 at Virginia Tech. Under Beamer, Virginia Tech football enjoyed unprecedented success, with 23 consecutive bowl appearances. Two of those 23 consecutive bowl appearances included the Chick-fi l-A Peach Bowl in 2006 and 2009.
Beamer guided his alma mater to four Atlantic Coast Conference championships, five ACC Coastal Division crowns, three BIG EAST Conference titles, six BCS appearances, two “major” bowl victories and a trip to the BCS National Championship Game in 2000. Including his tenure at Murray State from 1981-86, he finished his illustrious career with 280 head coaching victories.
A three-time BIG EAST Coach of the Year (1995, 1996, 1999), Beamer was named the ACC Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2005. He was the consensus National Coach of the Year in 1999, and was named the recipient of The Dodd Trophy, college football’s most coveted coaching award.
Beamer was appointed to the College Football Playoff selection committee in 2017 and also received the Neyland Trophy for his contributions to the game. He was inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and was voted the Coach of the Decade in the BIG EAST Conference in 2000. In April of 2004, Beamer was also presented with a Humanitarian Award by the National Conference for Community and Justice for his contributions to fostering justice, equity and community in the Roanoke Valley.
Beamer continues to serve Virginia Tech as an ambassador for athletics and the spokesperson for the Drive for 25 campaign that seeks to increase membership in the Virginia Tech Athletic Fund (aka the “Hokie Club”) to 25,000 members.
Established in 2002, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Hall of Fame honors former players, coaches and contributors, as well as staff and volunteers, who have had a significant impact on the Bowl. There are currently 45 members, including players such as Mike Singletary, Reggie White and Jim Kelly, as well as coaches including Bobby Dodd, Vince Dooley and Lou Holtz.
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