Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer announces retirement

Posted at 2:33 PM, Nov 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-01 20:58:52-05

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer will retire at the end of the 2015 football season, the university announced. A formal press conference is scheduled for Monday afternoon. Beamer broke the news to his players and coaches Sunday.

"I have always said that ‘I want what is best for Virginia Tech,'" Beamer said in statement. "Because of my love and passion for this great university, this program and our tremendous fans, I have decided after 29 years that it’s time."

Beamer's 277 wins (235 at Virginia Tech) are the most of any active Division I football coach. Under Beamer's watch Virginia Tech won four ACC football titles and three BIG EAST Conference titles. They won 10 or more games 13 times to include their first eight years in the ACC from 2004-11.  The Hokies have made 22 straight bowl appearances, the longest current streak in the NCAA.  His teams made six BCS appearances and played for the national title in 1999.

"I was going to wait until the end of the season to make this announcement, but I’ve always believed in being open and honest with my players and coaches. I know Hokie Nation will continue to give our players and our coaches their full support in these last three games, and hopefully through a bowl game. I will be forever grateful to everyone who made these past three decades the best years of my life. It’s an emotional day for me and my family. I am so honored and humbled to have served as your head coach," he said.

This is a developing story.