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OFFICIAL: Lincoln Riley will hire Shane Beamer as new assistant coach

In this Dec. 27, 2014, file photo, Virginia Tech associate head coach Shane Beamer smiles as he is interviewed by ESPN after the Military Bowl NCAA college football game against Cincinnati, in Annapolis, Md. Shane Beamer, the associate head coach and running backs coach at Virginia Tech the last five years and son of longtime Hokies coach Frank Beamer, is Georgia's new special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. New Georgia coach Kirby Smart announced the addition of Beamer to his staff on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
OFFICIAL: Lincoln Riley will hire Shane Beamer as new assistant coach

updated Jan. 24, 2018

Lincoln Riley and Oklahoma made the hiring of Shane Beamer as their 10th assistant coach official yesterday. Official release:

University of Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley announced Tuesday the hiring of assistant coach Shane Beamer, who served as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Georgia the last two seasons. Beamer will be OU’s assistant head coach for offense and will coach the team’s tight ends and H-backs. Riley said Beamer will also work with assistant coach Jay Boulware in overseeing the Sooners’ special teams.

The hiring, made possible by a recent NCAA measure that allows programs to add a 10th on-field assistant coach, is pending approval by the OU Board of Regents.

Beamer, who served as associate head coach and running backs coach at Virginia Tech for five years (2011-15) before joining Georgia’s staff, was also an assistant coach at South Carolina (2007-10) and Mississippi State (2004-06).

“I’m really, really excited to add Shane to our staff,” said Riley. “He’s a great coach with proven success who brings a wealth of experience from his time at Georgia, Virginia Tech, South Carolina and Mississippi State. He’s a tremendous person and recruiter, and will do nothing but add to the great staff that we already have. We’re very excited to welcome Shane and his family to Norman.”

Beamer, who played at Virginia Tech in the late 1990s under his father, Frank, indicated he can’t wait to get started at OU

“My family and I couldn’t be more excited about joining the Oklahoma family,” commented Beamer. “I have a lot of respect for Lincoln Riley as a coach and as a person. We’re excited about joining up with him going forward.

“I had a great job at the University of Georgia and they’ve been great to me. At the end of the day, the opportunity to work with Coach Riley and the rest of the staff at Oklahoma was one that I didn’t feel like my family and I could pass up. Lincoln’s reputation as an offensive mind and as a head coach is second to none. It’s exciting for me to be learn from him and his system.”

Georgia posted a 21-7 combined record the last two seasons, including a 13-2 mark in 2017 when the Bulldogs won the SEC Championship Game, beat OU 54-48 in overtime in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl, and lost 26-23 to Alabama in overtime in the CFP National Championship Game.

“I had a lot of respect for the Oklahoma program going into our game at the Rose Bowl, but had even more respect after playing the game,” added Beamer. “I’m just excited to join up and be a part of it.”

According to Chris Low of ESPN, Lincoln Riley and Oklahoma are going to hire Georgia special teams and tight ends coach, Shane Beamer.

Beamer, the son of legendary head coach Frank Beamer, has spent the last two seasons at Georgia as their special teams and tight ends coach. Before, Beamer spent five years under his dad at Virginia Tech as their running backs coach. He also spent time as a defensive assistant at South Carolina (2007-2010) and Mississippi State (2004-2007).

Beamer started as the recruiting coordinator at South Carolina in 2009, as well as handling duties as the SPURS and safeties coach. He was the reason behind the Gamecocks’ No. 12 rated recruiting class in 2009, and then two more top 25 recruiting classes in 2010 and 2011.

Low reports that Beamer will be an assistant head coach and spend time on the offensive gameplan with Lincoln Riley. Former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and Lincoln Riley reportedly spent time with the Georgia coaching staff last offseason.

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