Beamer To Receive Bobby Dodd Coach Of The Year Award
Tech Football Coach 24th Recipient of Prestigious National Award
March 6, 2000 BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer, who guided the Hokies to a spot in the national championship game this past season, was presented the 1999 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award during a special dinner Monday at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Va. The national award, named in honor of the late Georgia Tech football coach, is presented annually by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation, Inc. The award, established in 1976, is given to a Division I football coach "in recognition of a higher and more noble aspect of college coaching that emphasizes something more than winning the game - a belief that the game of football should be kept in perspective with college life in general." "What makes winning this award such a special honor is that it is not just based on winning," said Beamer. "It recognizes the overall personal development of our players and our accomplishments as a team both on and off the playing field." Beamer's 13th season at the Virginia Tech helm proved to be a memorable one. Under his guidance, the Hokies posted the school's first-ever 11-0 regular-season football record, claiming big wins against Virginia (31-7), Syracuse (62-0), Miami (43-10) and Boston College (38-14) along the way. Tech led the nation in both scoring offense and scoring defense as it claimed its third BIG EAST Conference Championship in five years. With its success, Tech earned its seventh consecutive bowl invitation - a trip to the Nokia Sugar Bowl to face No. 1 Florida State for the national championship. The largest crowd to see a Sugar Bowl game in the Superdome looked on as Tech and FSU staged an amazing battle that saw the Hokies rally from 21 points down to take a fourth-quarter lead before succumbing to a late 17-point flurry by the Seminoles. Despite the 46-29 loss, Tech made an indelible mark on the 1999 football season, finishing No.2 in the final Associated Press Poll and No. 3 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. Beamer, who started as a defensive back on Tech's 1966 and 1968 Liberty Bowl teams, is the winningest football coach in school history with an 88-60-2 record over 13 seasons. The 53-year-old coach has a career coaching mark of 130-83-4, which includes six seasons as the head coach at Murray State University in Kentucky. Eleven prior Dodd Award winners are still active in college coaching, including eight who coached in bowl games in 1999. Recent winners of the award include Bill Snyder of Kansas State (1998), Mike Price of Washington State (1997), Bob Sutton of Army (1996), Gary Barnett of Northwestern (1995), Fred Goldsmith of Duke (1994) and Barry Alvarez of Wisconsin (1993). Other honorees include Joe Paterno of Penn State (1981), Bobby Bowden of Florida State (1980), Tom Osborne of Nebraska (1978) and Bo Schembechler of Michigan (1977). The selection committee includes all the past recipients of the Dodd Award and a group of college football experts with careers in the college football arena. Beamer won by the largest margin in the 24-year history of the award. Patrons of the Foundation are The Coca-Cola Company, Cox Enterprises, Delta Airlines, Georgia Power, SunTrust Bank and George W. Mathews, Jr. Additional information about the Dodd Award and the Bobby Dodd Foundation can be located on the Foundation's web site at: www.bobbydoddfoundation.com.