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Beamer announces plans to retire at end of season

Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer announced Nov. 1 that he plans to retire at the conclusion of the season. The decision will end a 29-year run at Tech and a 35-year coaching career. Beamer currently has won 277 games, including a 235-120-2 record at Tech. The 277 wins rank sixth all time among Football Bowl Subdivision [FBS] coaches, and he stands as college football’s all-time winningest active coach. Beamer has guided the Hokies to four ACC titles, five ACC Coastal Division crowns, three BIG EAST Conference titles, six BCS appearances and a trip to the 1999 national championship game. He has earned five conference Coach of the Year honors, and in 1999, he received eight national Coach of the Year awards. Beamer has led the school to bowl games in 22 straight seasons. Tech currently needs two more wins to extend that streak, the longest active FBS streak as recognized by the NCAA.

Big start leads Hokies to win at BC

Travon McMillian rushed for 105 yards, Joey Slye booted four field goals, and the Hokies’ defense scored a touchdown, helping Virginia Tech knock off Boston College 26-10 on Saturday at Alumni Stadium. Tech (4-5, 2-3 ACC) jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead on Michael Brewer’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Cam Phillips, Andrew Motuapuaka’s 34-yard fumble return for a score and Slye’s two field goals. Slye added two field goals in the second half, which was enough to seal the Hokies’ win. Tech’s defense held the Eagles to just 218 yards and forced four turnovers. BC (3-6, 0-6 ACC) converted just one third down. The Hokies have a week off before taking on Georgia Tech on Nov. 12 in Atlanta. Kickoff for the Thursday night affair is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Curtin wins ACC individual title

Virginia Tech runner Thomas Curtin became the second cross country runner in Tech history to win an ACC championship, beating a 134-runner field at the 2015 ACC Cross Country Championships held at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida, on Oct. 30. Curtin joined former Tech runner Will Mulherin as the lone Hokies, men or women, to win an ACC cross country crown. Mulherin won the individual championship in 2012, leading the Hokies to the team title. Curtin stayed near the front during the entire race and then used a swift kick in the final 100 meters to pass Syracuse’s Justyn Knight. He crossed the finish line in a time of 23 minutes, 23 seconds, setting a new course record. Behind Curtin, the Tech men finished in fourth place. The Tech women came in eighth. Both teams will be competing in the Hokie Open this Friday at the Buford Meredith Cross Country Course on Tech’s campus at 4:30 p.m.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Thomas Curtin
(Men's Cross Country • r-Senior • Leesburg, Va.)
Thomas Curtin won the men’s individual title at the 2015 ACC Cross Country Championships held Oct. 30 at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida. The redshirt senior became the second cross country runner in Tech history to win an ACC championship, beating a 134-runner field. Curtin stayed near the front during the entire race and then used a swift kick in the final 100 meters to pass Syracuse’s Justyn Knight. He set a new course record with a time of 23 minutes, 23 seconds.

Student-Athlete Q&A

Blayne Fink of the Tech women’s soccer team interviews ACC Cross Country Champion Thomas Curtin

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Junior Lindsey Owens hits 1,000-kill milestone

Florida native Lindsey Owens put her name in the record books on Friday night as she opened the match against Miami with her 1,000th kill. Against Duke, Owens downed 19 kills to come within one of the mark. The junior notched her milestone kill as the equalizer in the opening set against Miami before continuing on to swat 15 more in the match. As a freshman, Owens slugged 311 kills, placing her fifth in the freshman record books. She followed suit with an even 400 as a sophomore, adding 311 to-date this season. Owens has totaled 1,022 kills – 157 away from the 10th spot in the Virginia Tech overall record book. Catch Owens and the Hokies back in Cassell on Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.

Wrestling opens with big wins at the NWCA All-Star Classic

The Virginia Tech wrestling team’s season officially opened when two Hokies traveled to Atlanta to participate in the 50th Annual NWCA All-Star Classic. Virginia Tech went 2-0 at the event, with redshirt sophomore Zach Epperly winning a tight 2-1 match, taking the lead on his opponent’s second stall warning. Redshirt junior Ty Walz closed the night with a dominant 9-3 win, jumping out to an early lead behind a monster takedown in the first period and staying aggressive until the end. These wins were the first for Virginia Tech at the prestigious event, which has seen multiple Hokies compete over the years. Tech wrestling also headed to Roanoke last week for its annual Maroon & Orange scrimmage. Orange took home the 27-11 victory, aided by big wins from Joey Dance, Sal Mastriani and Mattheos Lozier. The team will open the 2015-16 season at home this weekend, with the #6 Hokies playing host to #13 Iowa State on Saturday.

Ranked Hokies finish 14-3-2, await NCAA berth

Virginia Tech wrapped up the regular season on Friday night, dropping a 3-0 decision at Notre Dame. The Hokies finished the regular season 14-3-2 overall and 6-3-1 in conference action. Tech wound up in fifth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference race and must now wait until Monday, Nov. 9 for the NCAA selection show to learn its fate for postseason. The ACC tournament, to be played in Cary, North Carolina this weekend, pits the league’s top four teams. If Tech makes the NCAA tournament, as expected, the first round would be played the weekend of Nov. 14 at home sites of the top 32 teams. Tech was fifth in the nation last week and the new polls will be released this afternoon.

Hokies have fantastic weekend at home


The Virginia Tech swimming and diving teams capped off a perfect weekend that included their Margaret Soulen Gilbert Breast Cancer Awareness meet on Friday night and a free swimming clinic on Saturday. On Friday, the men and women topped Queens University of Charlotte and the women also beat Richmond. The team hit the pool again on Saturday morning and swept Gardner-Webb and UMBC. The men's divers had a weekend in which all four hit NCAA Zone qualifying scores. On the women's side, Leah Piemonte was able to hit NCAA zone qualifying scores in both the 1-meter and the 3-meter. Lucas Bureau highlighted the male swimmers’ performances, winning three individual events and two relays over the weekend, while Jessica Hespeler won two individual events and two relays for the women.

Virginia Tech Athletics presents its weekly video wrap-up of Tech sports, with host Andrew Allegretta filling you in on what you need to know to keep up with the Hokies.

Hokies wrap up fall golf schedule

The Virginia Tech women’s golf team closed out the fall portion of its season at the Palmetto Intercollegiate last weekend, finishing in 17th place with three members of the team inside the top-75. In the program’s debut, the Hokies earned two top-10 finishes and entered the first GolfStat rankings of the year at 65, a solid start for the new program. Tech especially impressed at the Cardinal Cup, launching a strong final round to vault up the standings for a season-high fifth place finish among a loaded field featuring three ACC foes. Freshman Elizabeth Bose was a particularly bright spot for the team, securing three consecutive top-15 finishes to open the year and debuting at No. 75 in the individual rankings. The Hokies will return to action in February, when they head to Tallahassee for the Florida State matchup.

Men’s soccer season comes to an end

The men's soccer team wrapped up its 2015 season with a heartbreaking 2-1 loss at Duke. The Hokies had their season highlighted by getting three results against ranked opponents, two of which were on the road. Tech beat then-No. 10 Xavier by a score of 3-1 in Cincinnati. The Hokies drew at then No. 19 Louisville 1-1 in double overtime and also then-No. 7 Notre Dame 0-0 at home in double overtime. Merlin Baus finished the season with team highs in goals and assists with five each. Goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard also led the ACC in saves with 60.

Shave for the Brave


The Virginia Tech baseball team’s sixth annual Shave for the Brave was held last Thursday night at English Field in conjunction with its annual Halloween exhibition game. More than 50 players, coaches, administrators and friends and family of the Hokies shaved their heads to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. The team has currently raised almost $27,000 and is still raising money in hopes to win the Bald Cup – a college showdown to see which school can raise the most money by Nov. 30. The Hokies are currently in second place (see complete standings here) and for those wishing to donate can still do so by clicking here. The shave was the ninth event of the 2015-16 academic season for the team’s 19 Ways initiative.Click here for more information.

A photo history of Coach Frank Beamer’s time at Virginia Tech