New Coaches in the Commonwealth

This season will be the last for two of Virginia’s most prominent college football teams. However, the departure of each coach is due to different reasons.

For Virginia Tech, long-time head coach Frank Beamer is hanging up his whistle for good, as he begins a well earned retirement. He has been the coach for twenty-eight years and has led Tech to immense success, including five ACC championships.  He is still going to assist the school Athletic Director next season, so it’s not quite the end. Beamer’s most impressive streak would have to be the 23 straight seasons going to a bowl game. Tech managed to not end the impressive streak this season as they finished 6-6 this season and will end their season and Beamer’s career with the Independence Bowl against Tulsa.

For instate rival Virginia, there is another coach saying goodbye. Coach Mike London will not be returning next season following a disappointing 4-8 season. Virginia has not beaten Tech in a decade, and have had little success in bowl games. To say the least, it has given Tech some bragging rights.

Both teams have already hired new coaches. Tech hired former Memphis coach Justin Fuente. Virginia hired former BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall.