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    Beamer Elevates Stinespring, Hite
    Cavanaugh elects to remain at Tech
    December 5, 2000

    BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer announced Tuesday that he has elevated staff members Bryan Stinespring and Billy Hite to new positions. Beamer also said that assistant coach Jim Cavanaugh has turned down a lucrative offer from the University of Maryland and will remain at Tech.

    Stinespring, the Hokies' offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator, has been named assistant head coach. In his new role, Stinespring will deal with high school relations in addition to his current duties. He initially joined the Tech staff in 1990 as a graduate assistant and was elevated to a full-time position working with Tech's tight ends and offensive line in 1993. Stinespring took over the recruiting duties in 1994 and was named offensive line coach in 1998.

    "Bryan has done an outstanding job as our recruiting coordinator and has great experience dealing with high school coaches," said Beamer. "I feel giving him these additional duties and a new title is very much justified."

    Hite, who is completing his 23rd season on the Tech staff, has been promoted from assistant head coach to associate head coach. He will take on some additional administrative and staff-related tasks to go with his duties as the Hokies' running backs coach. Hite joined the Tech staff in 1978 under head coach Bill Dooley and remained when Beamer took over in 1987. He was named assistant head coach in 1988.

    "Billy has played an important role in helping solidify this football program," Beamer said. "I have confidence in his judgment and rely heavily on him as a liaison between myself and my staff."

    Cavanaugh decided to stay at Virginia Tech after considering an offer to become the assistant head coach at Maryland under new head coach Ralph Friedgen. Cavanaugh, who rates as one of Tech's top recruiters, is finishing up his fifth season as the Hokies' strong safety and outside linebackers coach.

    "Jim is so important to our success at Virginia Tech," Beamer said. "I'm proud that he feels as I do that there is something special happening here in Blacksburg."
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