Friday Q&A: July 19, 2013

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1) Discuss and dissect the Beamer coaching tree: how do VT football coaches tend to do after they depart VT for whatever reason(s)? There seems to be a lack of successful pruning of said coaching branches here when you consider that Frank is indeed the active all-time leader in D-1 wins.  Why is that? I know loyalty was a part of that equation; and nevertheless, if the VT football staff really was that great, where are their Godfather ‘esque offers that they can’t refuse?

Chris Coleman: That’s an interesting question.  As far as I know, only one of Frank’s former assistants has gone on to be a head coach.  Here are some of the major coaches who left the Tech program (for whatever reason) during the Beamer Bowl Era.

Mike O’Cain (fired): Coaching 1-AA football at JMU

Curt Newsome (fired): Coaching 1-AA football at JMU

Kevin Sherman (not retained): Coaching football at Purdue.  I don’t think Beamer out and out fired Sherman, but he told him he couldn’t guarantee his job because the new OC would likely want to bring in at least two new coaches.

Frank Beamer and Billy Hite talk during an early timeout in the Miami game.

Billy Hite (retired/reassigned): Hite now works in the Monogram Club.  He didn’t want to coach anymore.

Jim Cavanaugh (reassigned): Cavanaugh works in the Monogram Club.  He wanted to keep coaching, if he got the right offer.  I don’t know whether he got any offers to continue coaching or not.

Kevin Rogers (left program): Rogers went on to be a QB coach in the NFL, and he has also coached at BC and Temple.  As his career winds down (he’s 61), he is now coaching at his alma mater William & Mary.

Lorenzo Ward (left program): Ward is the Defensive Coordinator at South Carolina.  Steve Spurrier could never lure Bud Foster, so he got one of his former assistants instead.  Ward has also coached for the Oakland Raiders since leaving Blacksburg.

Danny Pearman (fired): Pearman has moved around to Duke, Maryland and

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