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Shane Beamer is a former American football player and the current coach of the University of South Carolina football team. The son of a coaching legend, Beamer is currently the highest-paid coach in U.S. school history. He is also the first South Carolina coach to win back-to-back games against top 10 teams. In addition, he is the first FBS coach since 1978 to win twice by 20+ points as a 20+ point underdog.

Shane Beamer biography

Shane Beamer

Shane Beamer was born on March 31, 1977, in Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America. In 1987, his father, Frank Beamer, got a job as the head coach of Virginia Tech. So, the family moved to Blacksburg, Virginia, where Beamer enrolled at Blacksburg High School. In high school, Beamer played football and baseball, where he was named part of the first-team Group AA all-state receiver. He also played in the 1995 Virginia High School all-star football game.

After high school, Beamer attended Virginia Tech where he studied Interdisciplinary Studies and graduated in 1999. He also holds a Masters Degree in Sport Management from the University of Tennessee, graduating in 2003.

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Shane Beamer career

Coach Shane Beamer smiling

Began playing football in high school. Between 1995 to 1999, he was a member of five bowl teams at Virginia Tech. He was also part of the three Big East Conference championship squads on the Hokie football team as a long snapper and wide receiver. Beamer was a long snapper on the 1999 Virginia Tech team that played for the BCS National Championship.

After his playing career, Beamer became a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech under George O’Leary. His team was to play against his father’s team in the 2000 Black Coaches Association Classic to open the season, but the game was cancelled due to harsh weather conditions. Also, Georgia Tech refused to reschedule.

From 2001 to 2003, Beamer served as a graduate assistant under Phillip Fulmer at the University of Tennessee. In 2004, he was hired by Sylvester Croom to coach cornerbacks at Mississippi State. Three of these cornerbacks went on to earn All-SEC Freshmen honours. In 2006, Beamer took on the role of a recruiting coordinator and brought in a class, including Anthony Dixon, who would later play for the San Francisco 49ers and the Buffalo Bills. Beamer’s class was ranked as the nation’s 12th-best class by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. His 2010 and 2011 recruiting classes were again ranked among the nation’s top 25.

In 2007, Beamer was hired by Steve Spurrier to coach outside linebackers and to serve as the special teams coordinator at the University of South Carolina. He also worked with the cornerbacks in his second campaign. This 2008 campaign proved the most productive one yet, as the unit was part of the defensive squad to finish the regular season ranked second in the nation in pass defence and 13th in total defence.

In 2009, Beamer’s special teams units recorded five blocked kicks, tying for the SEC lead and tying for the eighth-highest total in the nation. Beamer was also involved in coaching a defence that ranked third in the SEC and 15th in the country in total defence. His unit was also ranked second in the league and eighth in the country in passing defence.

In 2011, Beamer joined his father to serve as the running back coaching Blacksburg. In his first year, he coached the school’s single-season rushing record holder, All-American and ACC Player of the Year, David Wilson. Wilson went on to get drafted in the first round by the New York Giants. Meanwhile, Beamer courted controversy when he reportedly accessed Wake Forest game plan information before Virginia Tech’s game against the Demon Deacons in 2014. This information was provided by Demon Deacons radio analyst, Tommy Elrod, a former Wake Forest player and assistant coach who was involved in the “Wakeyleaks” scandal.

Although Virginia Tech lost the game 6–3 in overtime after a 0–0 tie in regulation, accusations were not made until 2016 when Beamer had already moved on to become an assistant coach at the University of Georgia. Beamer denied providing any information to coaching staff and players but he was still fined $25,000 by Georgia for his part in the scandal. In Georgia, Beamer coached several future NFL talents including placekicker Rodrigo Blankenship and tight end Charlie Woerner.

On January 22, 2018, Beamer was hired by the University of Oklahoma to be assistant head coach under Lincoln Riley. He was part of the coaching staff that led the nation-leading scoring offence, where they averaged 48.4 points per game in the same year.

In December 2020, the University of South Carolina Athletic Director, Ray Tanner, announced that the school had hired Beamer as its team’s head coach. In his first year on the job, the Gamecocks finished 6–6 in the regular season, with upset wins over Florida and Auburn. The team also achieved bowl eligibility for the first time since 2018. Beamer ended the season with a 38–21 victory over North Carolina in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl.

In 2022, Beamer led the Gamecocks to beat Tennessee at home by a score of 63–38. A week later, the Gamecocks upset their rival Clemson at Death Valley, ending the Tigers’ 40-game home winning streak. Beamer also became the only coach in South Carolina history to win back-to-back games against top-10 teams,  described as “two of the biggest upsets in program history”.

However, the South Carolina team lost to Notre Dame 45–38 in the Gator Bowl. Nevertheless, the team finished the season with an 8–5 record and a No. 23 ranking in both major polls, marking the program’s first year-end top-25 rankings since 2013. Beamer also became the fifth South Carolina head coach ever to have a team ranked in a final AP poll.

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Shane Beamer stats

Here is Beamer’s stats as head coach:

 
Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
South Carolina Gamecocks (Southeastern Conference) (2021–present)
2021 South Carolina 7–6 3–5 T–4th (East) W Duke’s Mayo
2022 South Carolina 8–5 4–4 3rd (East) L Gator 23 23
2023 South Carolina 5–7 3–5 T–4th (East)
2024 South Carolina 0–0 0–0
South Carolina: 20–18 10–14
Total: 20–18

Shane Beamer net worth

Beamer reportedly has an estimated net worth of $5 million in 2023, according to Sportskeeda.

Shane Beamer family

Shane Beamer with his family at the airport

Beamer is the son of legendary American football college coach, Frank Beamer, and Cheryl Beamer (née Oakley). He is married to Emily Beamer and they have three children together: Two daughters – Sutton and Olivia – and a son, Hunter.

Shane Beamer age

Beamer is 46 years old as of  2023.

Shane Beamer Twitter

https://x.com/CoachSBeamer/status/1737301346607321143?s=20

Beamer is active on X (formerly known as Twitter), where he posts updates about his team and American college football in general. His account has about 155, 400 followers as of the time of writing this article.

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