Legendary coach Frank Beamer offered some advice to Justin Fuente, who replaced him as Virginia Tech’s head coach after 29 seasons in charge.
Justin Fuente has jumped into his new role as the head football coach at Virginia Tech and rejuvenated the Hokies, starting the 2016 season 4-1 including a big 34-3 win over North Carolina this past Saturday. The offense, long a problem in Blacksburg, has the Hokie faithful on the edge of their seats, averaging 39.4 points per game.
He is the one of the most popular men in the southeastern Virginia town right now, and he’s taking lessons from a legend and the man he replaced: Frank Beamer.
“I think Coach has been the biggest help by what he’s done and what he hasn’t done,” Fuente told the Seth Davis Show. “There might never be another person to mean as much to Virginia Tech as Coach Beamer does. I’m good with that.”
Taking over for a legend is never easy, especially after that person is the one mostly responsible for the Virginia Tech football program being on the map. In his 29-year tenure, Beamer took the Hokies to sights unthinkable, including a BCS National Championship game after the 1999 season. His special brand of “Beamer Ball” was built on defense and special teams, as the Hokies brought a hard-nose, physical mentality to the field.
Now, the Hokies are transitioning from Beamer to Fuente, and thus far, the move has been smooth. While Fuente did bring in new offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen, longtime defensive coordinator Bud Foster stayed on to ensure the Hokies didn’t lose any of their feistiness on defense.
Beamer gave Fuente a bit of advice that will help the 40-year-old coach make his own mark and continue to grow the program.
“His best piece of advice was, ‘Be yourself,'” Fuente said.