The architect of Virginia Tech football, Frank Beamer will retire at the end of the season, the school has confirmed. Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910 Phoenix was the first to break the story.
"I have always said that 'I want what is best for Virginia Tech,'" Beamer said via a statement on the school's athletics website. "Because of my love and passion for this great university, this program and our tremendous fans, I have decided after 29 years that it's time."
Beamer, 69, became the head coach at Virginia Tech in 1987 and is the active wins leader among Division I coaches with 235 and an overall record of 277-143-4. He is known for bringing a relatively unknown Virginia Tech program into national prominence, taking them as far as the national title game in 1999.
"[Beamer] will always remain one of the most beloved figures in college football history," said athletics director Whit Babcock. "He's a future Hall-of-Famer, an educator and a role model. His conributions to Virginia Tech and the game of football - both on and off the field - are unquestionable and beyond measure."
The long-time coach of the Hokies has come under fire in recent years as the program has begun slipping. Virginia Tech won 10-games or more for eight-consecutive seasons from 2004 to 2011, but the team has not won more than eight games since 2011. Their bowl-streak of 22 seasons is also in jeopardy as the team sits at 4-5 on the season.
Beamer will speak more on his retirement at his regular press conference on Monday.