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Hokie Coaching Staff Going Through Rare Change
by Chris Coleman,

Frank Beamer is well-known throughout the coaching circles for his efforts to keep his coaching staff together. In his recent contract renegotiation, a stipulation for his signature was that his assistant coaches get paid more money. He has always made it very clear that he believes staying together and doing things the same way year after year is a major key to having success in college football.

Beamer has been very successful in keeping his coaching staff together throughout the years. Before Kevin Rogers departed Virginia Tech for the Minnesota Vikings earlier in the week, the last time the Hokies lost a coach was after the 2001 season with offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Rickey Bustle left to be head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette.

Virginia Tech Coaching Staff
Name Position Year Joined
Frank Beamer Head Coach 1987
Billy Hite Running Backs 1978
Bud Foster Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers 1987
Bryan Stinespring Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line 1990
Jim Cavanaugh Whips and Rovers/Recruiting Coordinator 1996
Tony Ball Wide Receivers 1998
Danny Pearman Tight Ends/Offensive Tackles 1998
Lorenzo Ward Defensive Backs 1999
Charley Wiles Defensive Line 1996

Virginia Tech’s assistant coaches come from many different backgrounds, and some have experience coaching a number of positions.

Only two assistant coaches remain from Frank Beamer’s original staff. Billy Hite has actually been at Virginia Tech longer than Beamer. He was hired by former head coach Bill Dooley in 1978. Hite has been a running backs coach his entire career, and he’s served as Associate Head Coach since 2001.

Bud Foster played for Beamer at Murray State and has spent his entire coaching career on Beamer’s staff. He followed Beamer to Virginia Tech, and has served as inside and outside linebackers coach, co-defensive coordinator and defensive coordinator. Foster is the assistant that is most expected to take a head coaching job at another school at some point.

Bryan Stinespring is currently Virginia Tech’s offensive line coach and offensive coordinator. Like Foster, he has never coached under anyone except Frank Beamer. He has served as tight ends coach, assistant offensive line coach, offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.

Jim Cavanaugh joined Frank Beamer’s staff in 1996. He had previously coached at UNC, Maryland, UVA, Marshall, NC State and VMI. He has coached many positions during his career, including running backs, receivers and quarterbacks. He has also served as offensive coordinator at Maryland and Marshall. He currently coaches Virginia Tech’s whips and rovers, and serves as the Hokies’ recruiting coordinator.

Tony Ball, Virginia Tech’s wide receivers coach, arrived in Blacksburg before the 1998 season. He spent time at seven different schools between 1985 and 1997 before coming to Virginia Tech. He has coached running backs and wide receivers his entire career.

Danny Pearman has spent his entire career playing or coaching football at a very high level. Pearman played at Clemson, and was also a graduate assistant there. He coached at Alabama from 1991-97, and had stints with the offensive tackles, defensive tackles and special teams. He has been at Virginia Tech since 1998 and coaches the offensive tackles and tight ends.

Lorenzo Ward played for the University of Alabama from 1986-90, and also spent three years there as a graduate assistant. At UT-Chattanooga he coached the secondary, running backs, and also spent a year as defensive coordinator. Ward is currently Virginia Tech’s defensive backs coach, and he has helped put a lot of players in the NFL.

Like Bud Foster, Charley Wiles played for Frank Beamer at Murray State. He has been coaching at Virginia Tech since 1996, and he was also a graduate assistant in Blacksburg in 1987 and 1988. Before coming to Virginia Tech in 1996, he coached at East Tennessee State and Murray State. He has coached the offensive line, defensive ends, running backs, linebackers and defensive line during his career. He was also Murray State’s co-defensive coordinator in 1995. He currently coaches the defensive line at Virginia Tech.

Coaching staffs are allowed to have up to nine full-time assistant coaches. With the departure of Kevin Rogers, Virginia Tech will have eight assistants, meaning the Hokies have room on the staff for one more. Rogers is expected to be replaced with Curt Newsome, the offensive line coach at James Madison. Newsome would coach the offensive line and Bryan Stinespring would become the new quarterbacks coach.

A total of five of Tech’s eight assistants have been an offensive or defensive coordinator, either at Virginia Tech or at a previous school. When Kevin Rogers was still on the staff, the number was six out of nine.

So as you can see, Frank Beamer has a very experienced and successful coaching staff at Virginia Tech. Losing Kevin Rogers hurts, but the fact is that the Hokies have always been a running team, and will continue to be a running team under Frank Beamer. The passing game will never be as advanced as some other schools, though it has generally been efficient.

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Edwards Chooses Tech
January 13, 2006
For the second straight year, Virginia Tech has gone into the state of Georgia and come out with a fine looking defensive back prospect. Today, Mario Edwards, a talented defensive back prospect out of Westlake (Atlanta, GA), verbally committed to Virginia Tech.

Countdown to Signing Day: Part 2
January 12, 2006
We have less than one month until Signing Day 2006. Stay tuned to, as we will continue to provide regular updates on remaining targets as well as Countdown to Signing Day articles. Taking the place of the War Rooms for this month, the Countdown to Signing Day articles includes a brief summary of the class to date, recent developments and a look at the remaining targets still in play. This week's update include three former targets who have committed elsewhere, updates on remaining targets as well a look at Virginia Tech's defensive end commitments.

Gator Bowl Photo Gallery: Virginia Tech vs. Louisville
January 12, 2006
Our photographer was on hand for the Gator Bowl against Louisville, and he brought home 100 photos of Tech's 35-24 win over the Cardinals. We split them up into two galleries, so log on and check out all the action from Jacksonville, as Tech played their way to their third-ever 11-win season. To the right, Cedric Humes holds up his MVP trophy.

TSL Recruiting Report from "Tech Beat With Mike Harris", for 1/11/06
January 12, 2006
This week, Mike Harris asked Chris Horne about a variety of topics, including recruiting fallout from the Marcus Vick publicity, the commitment of Jarrell Miller to UNC, and updates on Brian Whitmore, Mario Edwards, and LeSean McCoy. (WMA format, compatible with Windows Media Player and MP3 players, 3.3 MB, 21:37)

Rogers Leaving for the Vikings, and Other News
January 12, 2006
Catching up on the news, some new, some old: Just days after Virginia Tech announced that quarterback Marcus Vick would not be returning to the football team, quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers is moving on to the NFL. Rogers is joining the coaching staff of the Minnesota Vikings, where he will serve as quarterbacks coach. He is the first Virginia Tech assistant coach to leave since offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ricky Bustle left to become head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette after the 2001 season.
Also: Gilchrist Transferring; Kenny Lewis, Jr. Enrolls at Tech; Healthy Hokies; Hurting Hokies.

Two Visits Remain for All-State WR
January 12, 2006
New Town (Owings Mills, MD) wide receiver recruit Douglas McNeil, recently named first-team all-state for small schools, made an official visit to Virginia Tech last month and will head to JMU this weekend and UVa next weekend before making a decision. Where is the 6-4, 190-pound prospect leaning?

Godfrey to Decide Around Signing Day
January 12, 2006
Things have happened awfully fast for Lee County (Sanford, N.C.) star Dennis Godfrey. After committing to Wake Forest last summer, the 6-3, 240-pound tight end/defensive line prospect had a fantastic senior season and followed that up with an outstanding performance during the NC/SC Shrine Bowl week. After receiving a handful of new scholarship offers, Godfrey set up five officials for this month and plans on taking each and every one before making a decision.

Whitmore Sets Official Visits
January 11, 2006
Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) all-state defensive end Brian Whitmore has scheduled three official visits for the month of January. The 6-4, 245-pound 4-star recruit plans to make these visits and will probably then make a decision sometime around signing day.

Edwards Down to Two
January 11, 2006
Westlake (Atlanta, GA) defensive back Mario Edwards has narrowed his list to two schools, but is not sure when a final decision could come. The 6-1, 180-pound prospect will take an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech before making a commitment.

#20 UNC Escapes, Beats Tech 64-61
January 11, 2006
Virginia Tech suffered another heartbreaking loss on Tuesday night, falling 64-61 to #20 North Carolina at Cassell Coliseum. The Hokies had a chance to tie the game at the end, but Deron Washington’s three-pointer from the corner clanked off the front of the rim to preserve the win for the Tar Heels. The loss drops Tech to 10-6 overall and 0-3 in the ACC. UNC improves to 10-2 and 2-0 in conference play. The defeat is Tech’s fifth close loss of the season, with those five losses coming by a total of 15 points.

Basketball Game Preview: Virginia Tech vs. UNC
January 10, 2006
Virginia Tech will return to Cassell Coliseum searching for their first ACC victory on Tuesday night when they host #20 North Carolina. The Hokies (10-5, 0-2) have been one of the ACC’s hard luck teams this season, with four of their five losses coming by a combined 12 points. They are hoping a return to Cassell Coliseum and the emerging offensive threat of Wynton Witherspoon will be enough to get them the victory over a young but talented Tar Heel team that is 9-2 overall and 1-0 in the ACC.

Advance Auto Parts Hokie Hotline Notes for 1/9/06
January 10, 2006
Monday night’s show came from Attitudes Bar and Café at the Holiday Inn in Blacksburg. Since football season is over, basketball coach Seth Greenberg was the show’s only guest. Greenberg discussed the season, playing on the road and the upcoming game with North Carolina with host Bill Roth.

South Carolina Star to Visit VT
January 10, 2006
One of the latest prospects to explode onto the recruiting scene is South Aiken (Aiken, S.C.) star defensive end/linebacker Dekoda Watson. The 6-2, 206-pound prospect landed four new Division 1A scholarship offers with an outstanding performance during the NC/SC Shrine Bowl week. He has since scheduled four official visits with 1A programs.

With Vick Gone, There's Opportunity to Heal and Improve
January 9, 2006
While the eye of the storm last week centered around Marcus Vick, there was a lot of turbulence circulating around Frank Beamer and the VT football program as well. Sparked by "The Stomp," fans and media took the opportunity to question the behavior of the VT football team as a whole, and Frank Beamer's disciplinary methods for the Hokie program. Vick is gone now, as of last Friday, and it's an opportunity for the Hokies not just to heal and move on from the Vick area, but to look at how they do things, top to bottom, and improve.

Wright Changes Visits
January 9, 2006
Matt Wright, an all-state selection who is one of the top remaining in-state targets still uncommitted, has shaken up his official visit schedule for this month. Having already been to the University of Maryland on an official visit, the Phoebus (Hampton, VA) star plans to take at least three officials this month before making his decision.

Slow Start Dooms Tech in Tallahassee, FSU Wins 74-68
January 7, 2006
In what appears to be a developing trend for the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team, the Hokies got off to a sloppy start, rallied in the second half, but came up short, losing to Florida State 74-68 in Tallahassee on Saturday night. Tech trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half, cut the lead to two on several occasions late in the game, but ultimately ran out of time when the Seminoles hit their free throws down the stretch.

Hokies Land 4-Star DE!
January 6, 2006
Virginia Tech keeps racking up the standout defensive line recruits in the class of 2006. Before today, the Hokies had landed star defensive tackles Daryl Robertson and Budd Thacker as well as defensive ends Mike Gee and John Graves. Today, it added to the already impressive group of commitments.

Marcus Vick Dismissed from Football Team
January 6, 2006
Virginia Tech President Charles Steger announced late Friday afternoon that quarterback Marcus Vick has been dismissed from the football team due to legal trouble off the field and unsportsmanlike play on the field. The dismissal brings an end to the wild ride that was the Marcus Vick era, which was always filled with promise, yet never materialized the way that Virginia Tech fans hoped.

Basketball Game Preview: Virginia Tech at Florida State
January 6, 2006
Virginia Tech will play the first of 15 consecutive ACC games when they travel to Tallahassee to take on Florida State in the Donald L. Tucker Center on Saturday night. The Seminoles are off to a solid start on the season, standing at 9-2 overall and 0-1 in ACC play. They have suffered two close defeats to Florida and Clemson but have shown great improvements over last year’s team, which was one of the worst in the ACC.

TSL Recruiting Report from "Tech Beat With Mike Harris", for 1/4/06
January 6, 2006
On this week's show, Chris Horne and Mike Harris previewed Tech targets that are playing in Saturday's Army All-American Bowl. (Editor's Note: the discussion included LeSean McCoy, but since the show, the news has come out that McCoy did not travel to the game.) The discussion also covered upcoming visit weekends, targets like Hutch Eckerson and Billy Cuffee, and when decisions and commitments might be coming. (WMA format, compatible with Windows Media Player and MP3 players, 3.2 MB, 21:16)
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