Virginia Tech running backs coach Shane Beamer and recruiting coordinator/tight ends coach Bryan Stinespring‘s names have come up in conversations for a few head coaching vacancies recently, although both said Wednesday their focus remains on UCLA in the Sun Bowl.
Beamer, 36, was reportedly a finalist for the Florida Atlantic job that went to Arkansas assistant Charlie Partridge, while Stinespring, 50, interviewed for James Madison’s vacant head coaching position yesterday.
“It’s flattering anytime your name is mentioned as a candidate for a head coaching position anywhere,” said Beamer, who didn’t delve into the topic too much. “That’s certainly a goal of mine. I feel prepared to do that if that opportunity came along.
“I’ve had opportunities to be a head coach in the past and it wasn’t the right time. But certainly anytime your name is mentioned, it’s certainly flattering. I love being here at Virginia Tech and this is a great place and I have a great job right now.”
Beamer said he has not talked directly with anyone else this offseason, including James Madison.
“I’ve been asked about that one every day for the last two weeks,” he said with a laugh. “Nothing to that. I know they’ll hire a great coach whatever route they go, but it won’t be me.”
Stinespring is one of several candidates for the job at JMU, his alma mater, which reportedly is also considering Vanderbilt defensive backs coach/recruiting coordinator George Barlow, Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo and former Hokies quarterbacks coach/play-caller Mike O’Cain, who spent last year as the Dukes’ offensive coordinator.
“I’m very humbled by the opportunity to speak to James Madison,” Stinespring said. “But right now everything is about getting ready for UCLA.”
Stinespring, who has spent the last 24 seasons on Frank Beamer‘s staff at Virginia Tech, thinks he’s as prepared as possible if an opportunity would arise to be a head coach.
“I’ve been under the best leadership in all of college football,” Stinespring said. “I’ve been front row, center to it, been actively involved in it.”
Shane Beamer offered a similar sentiment.
“Whoever you hear mentioned for a head coaching position anywhere — whether it be myself or Bud [Foster] or Bryan or whatever — I think it’s a testament to how this program is thought of nationally,” Shane said. “And it’s well-respected nationally, and I know we take a lot of pride in that.”