Shane Beamer

Shane Beamer (born March 31, 1977) is an American football coach and former player who is currently the head coach at the University of South Carolina. He is the son of long-time Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer.

Shane Beamer
Beamer as an assistant coach in 2007
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamSouth Carolina
Biographical details
Born (1977-03-31) March 31, 1977 (age 43)
Charleston, South Carolina
Playing career
1995–1999Virginia Tech
Position(s)Wide receiver, long snapper
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2000Georgia Tech (GA)
2001–2003Tennessee (GA)
2004–2005Mississippi State (CB/RC)
2006Mississippi State (RB/RC)
2007South Carolina (OLB/co-ST)
2008South Carolina (CB)
2009–2010South Carolina (S/ST/RC)
2011–2015Virginia Tech (AHC/RB)
2016–2017Georgia (TE/ST)
2018–2020Oklahoma (AHC/TE)
2021–presentSouth Carolina
Head coaching record

College playing careerEdit

Beamer chose to walk on as a wide receiver at Virginia Tech over an offer of a partial scholarship from Division I-AA Charleston Southern.[1] Later, he moved to long snapper, the position he played during the Hokies' 1999 season, in which they played for the national championship.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

Georgia TechEdit

Following Beamer's playing career, he became a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech under George O'Leary. Beamer's team was scheduled to play against his father in the 2000 Black Coaches Association Classic to open the season,[2] but the game was canceled because of lightning and Georgia Tech refused to reschedule it.[3]


From 2001 - 2003, Shane served as a graduate assistant under Phillip Fulmer at the University of Tennessee.

Mississippi StateEdit

In 2004, Beamer was hired by Sylvester Croom at Mississippi State to coach cornerbacks, three of whom earned All-SEC Freshmen honors. In 2006, he assumed the role of recruiting coordinator and brought in a class that included Anthony Dixon, who would go on to play for the San Francisco 49ers and the Buffalo Bills.

South Carolina (assistant coach)Edit

In 2007, Shane was hired by Steve Spurrier at the University of South Carolina to coach outside linebackers and to serve as the special team coordinator.[4] In 2008, the Gamecock defense finished 2nd in pass defense and 13th in total defense nationally. His 2009 special teams unit blocked five kicks, tying for the SEC lead and ranking eighth in the nation, while the Gamecock defensive unit finished third in the SEC in total defense and fifteenth in the nation.[5]

In his final two years in Columbia, Beamer also served as recruiting coordinator for the Gamecocks. The 2009 class was ranked 12th best in the nation by and and included future NFL draft picks Stephon Gillmore and Alshon Jeffery.[5] Both the 2010 and 2011 recruiting classes ranked in the top 25 and included future South Carolina stars Marcus Lattimore and Connor Shaw.[5]

Virginia TechEdit

Beamer joined his father in Blacksburg in 2011 as the running backs coach. In his first year, he tutored the school's single season rushing record holder, All-American and ACC Player of the Year, David Wilson.[5] Wilson was subsequently drafted in the first round by the New York Giants.

Beamer accepted Wake Forest game plan information prior to Virginia Tech's game against the Demon Deacons in 2014. The information was provided by Demon Deacons radio analyst Tommy Elrod, a former Wake Forest player and assistant coach who was at the center of what became the "Wakeyleaks" scandal. Virginia Tech eventually lost the game 6–3 in overtime after a 0–0 tie in regulation. The accusations came to light in 2016 when Beamer had moved on to an assistant coach position at the University of Georgia. Beamer denies providing the information to the coaching staff or players but was fined $25,000 by Georgia for his part in the scandal.[6][7]


Beamer was hired on January 5, 2016 to serve on Kirby Smart's staff as the tight ends coach/ special teams coordinator.[8] He coached several future NFL talents during his stint in Athens, including placekicker Rodrigo Blankenship and tight end Charlie Woerner.


On January 22, 2018, the University of Oklahoma hired Beamer to be Assistant Head Coach under Lincoln Riley.[9] Beamer was a part of the staff that coached the nation-leading scoring offense in 2018, where they averaged 48.4 points per game.

South Carolina (head coach)Edit

On December 6, 2020, University of South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner announced that the school had hired Beamer as its head coach.[10]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
South Carolina Gamecocks (Southeastern Conference) (2021–present)
2021 South Carolina 0–0 0–0
South Carolina: 0–0 0–0
Total: 0–0


  1. ^ Weiss, Dick (1999-12-26). "A Family Affair: VA. Tech Coach Frank Beamer Still has Son Shane by his Side". New York Daily News.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b Person, Joseph (2000-08-26). "For Beamer, a Tech-nical difference". Macon Telegraph via The Free Lance-Star.
  3. ^ "Georgia Tech refuses to reschedule game". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 2000-08-31.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2012-09-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ a b c d [1][dead link]
  6. ^ Teel, David. "Shane Beamer's admission worst 'Wakeyleaks' development for Tech".
  7. ^ Thamel, Pete. "Shane Beamer fined over Wake Forest leaks scandal". Sports Illustrated.
  8. ^ "Beamer ball is coming to Georgia". Dawgnation/AJC. 2016-01-05.
  9. ^ "Report: Shane Beamer to become assistant head coach at Oklahoma". 2018-01-22. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  10. ^ "Bruce Feldman on Twitter: "South Carolina makes it official announcing Shane Beamer as new head coach. AD Ray Tanner: "I believe that Shane Beamer is the perfect fit to be the head football coach at the University of South Carolina.""". Twitter. December 6, 2020. Retrieved December 6, 2020.

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