Shane Beamer hired by Mississippi State

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State University head football coach Sylvester Croom announced Friday the hiring of Shane Beamer to his coaching staff, pending approval by the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning.

Beamer, 26, comes to MSU from the University of Tennessee, where he has spent the past three seasons as a graduate assistant football coach on the defensive side of the ball. In that capacity, he assisted with the development of the Volunteer defensive backs, was directly responsible for coaching the place-kickers, punters, and long snappers, and assisted in all special teams areas. He also oversaw game opponent scouting while at UT.

During his three seasons in Knoxville, the Volunteers played in one Southeastern Conference championship game (2001) and went to three straight bowl games (2002 Florida Citrus, 2002 and '03 Peach Bowls). That first Vol team defeated Michigan 45-17 in Orlando to culminate an 11-2 season. Beamer earned a master's degree in sport science this past December.

Prior to joining the staff at Tennessee, Beamer worked one season as an offensive graduate assistant at Georgia Tech. He assisted with the Yellow Jacket quarterbacks and wide receivers in his one season at the Atlantic Coast Conference school. Georgia Tech finished that season with a 9-3 overall record, including a berth in the '00 Peach Bowl. That team generated 33.8 points per game on offense.

Beamer earned his bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech in 1999, and was the Hokies' starting long snapper on the football team for three seasons. He also contributed at Tech in the wide receiver corps. While there, he played on four bowl teams and three Big East Conference championship squads. The 1999 Virginia Tech team finished the year ranked No. 2 in the country.

The Blacksburg, Va., native is the son of longtime Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer.

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