Frank Beamer's Jersey To Be Retired
Ceremony will be held before Marshall game
September 10, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech athletics department announced Tuesday morning that the jersey of former Tech player and current head coach Frank Beamer will be retired in a ceremony at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field prior to the Hokies' Thursday night ESPN game against No. 16 Marshall University.

A special ceremony will be held at approximately 7:20 p.m., and will include Tech director of athletics, Jim Weaver, Beamer and members of his family. Beamer, who is in his 16th season as the Hokies' head football coach, was the consensus national coach of the year in 1999 after helping guide Tech to the national championship game. He is the winningest football coach in school history and a member of the Tech Sports Hall of Fame. Beamer, a three-year starter in the defensive secondary for the Hokies from 1966-68, wore jersey number 25 during his playing days.

The Virginia Tech athletics department policy on retiring jerseys allows for a jersey to be retired in acknowledgement of an individual who has won an established national award in their sport, while allowing the number to continue to be worn by others. Tech no longer retires numbers.

Beamer's jersey is the second to be retired under the Hokies' new policy. Quarterback Michael Vick's jersey was retired prior to the LSU game. The jerseys of former defensive ends Corey Moore and Cornell Brown will be retired later this season.