Beamer Named ACC Coach of the Year
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December 9, 2004

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer, who guided the Hokies to an Atlantic Coast Conference championship and the league's automatic BCS bid in Tech's first year as a member, has been selected the ACC Coach of the Year by the conference's media association.

Beamer's Hokies, who were picked sixth in the preseason ACC media poll, reeled off victories in their last eight games to post a 10-2 overall record and a 7-1 conference mark. Tech defeated the University of Miami 16-10 in the ACC regular-season finale to win the conference title outright.

Beamer received 69 votes in the balloting, outdistancing North Carolina coach John Bunting, who finished second with 29 votes. Miami coach Larry Coker and Virginia coach Al Groh each received one vote.

It marked the fourth conference coach of the year honor for Beamer at Tech. He was named the BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year in 1995, 1996 and 1999. Beamer was the consensus national coach of the year in 1999. On Wednesday, SI.com named him the national coach of the year.