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Let Me Be Frank
Let Me Be Frank

Let Me Be Frank

My Life at Virginia Tech
By Frank Beamer, By Jeff Snook, Foreword by Bob Knight

SPORTS & RECREATION

320 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Cloth, $26.95 (US $26.95) (CA $29.95)

ISBN 9781600788468

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Sep 2013)

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Overview

Recollections from Virginia Tech's longtime head coach
After 26 seasons as head football coach at Virginia Tech University, Frank Beamer is not only the longest tenured but also the winningest active coach of any major college program, and Let Me Be Frank contains his personal reflections on more than a quarter-century leading the Virginia Tech program. Beamer has directed his alma mater to 20 consecutive bowl appearances, including six BCS bowls, five top-10 finishes, and a trip to the National Championship Game in 1999 led by a freshman quarterback named Michael Vick. But success didn’t come immediately: he started his career at VT with four losing seasons in his first six years, including a 2-8-1 record in 1992 when many fans wanted him fired. He relates how he turned a mediocre program into a perennial power while sporting a clean NCAA record and a well-earned reputation as one of the most-respected head coaches in the nation. However, Beamer is regarded as an even better man than a football coach: he created a state-wide program to help children read, and in the aftermath of the deadliest campus massacre in U.S. history, he met with the parents of the victims and visited with each wounded student. He shares stories from his time spent both on and off the gridiron, including memories of generations of Hokies stars such as Vick, André Davis, Jim Druckenmiller, Corey Moore, Jake Grove, and others.

Author Biography

Frank Beamer is the winningest active head coach in Division I college football with 216 wins in 26 years on the Virginia Tech sideline. Under his watch, Virginia Tech has evolved from a struggling independent program in the 1980s into a national power. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia. Jeff Snook is a freelance writer who has written about college football for more than 30 years. He has authored seven previous books about college football, including What It Means to Be a Buckeye, What It Means to Be a Husker, and What It Means to Be a Sooner. He lives in Hypoluxo, Florida. Bob Knight is regarded as one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time, winning three NCAA national championships while at Indiana University. He is currently an analyst for ESPN. He lives in New York City.

Media

Let Me Be Frank was mentioned in the Virginian-Pilot.
Frank Beamer, author of Let Me Be Frank, was interviewed on "The Drew & Marc Show" on 105.1 Detroit Sports, WMGC-FM.
Let Me Be Frank was mentioned in the Washington Post.
Let Me Be Frank was mentioned in the Washington Post. The feature also appeared in the News Leader.

Let Me Be Frank was featured in the Durham Herald-Sun and the Chapel Hill Herald.

Crossing the Line was mentioned in the Boston Globe in conjunction with Derek Sanderson's book signing.

Let Me Be Frank was featured on the website for The News & Observer. The feature was also syndicated to WFTV.com.

Let Me Be Frank was featured on the SB Nation blog Tar Heel Blog.

Let Me Be Frank was excerpted on The Post Game, a Yahoo! Sports blog.

Let Me Be Frank was reviewed in The Roanoke Times.

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Past Events


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20
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Blacksburg, VA
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Dec
08
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Christianburg, VA
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Blacksburg, VA
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17
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Blacksburg, VA
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Press Releases

Let Me Be Frank: My Life at Virginia Tech

By Frank Beamer with Jeff Snook

Foreword by Bob Knight

 

Contact: Bill Ames, Triumph Books, 312.676.4256, b.ames@triumphbooks.com

 

Frank Beamer has coached Virginia Tech football for 26 seasons, during which his team has enjoyed unprecedented success, including 20 consecutive bowl appearances, four ACC titles, five ACC Coastal Division crowns, three Big East conference titles and a slew of other accolades. Under his guidance, the Hokies have finished top 20 in 16 of the past 21 seasons. He is also a member of the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame. Off the field, Beamer is known for his good character. He started a state-wide child literacy program and was a source of grace and strength for survivors and the families of the victims following the University's tragic 2007 shooting.

 

Frank Beamer opens up in his own characteristically humble way about his career and life in his new autobiography Let Me Be Frank: My Life at Virginia Tech (Triumph Books, September 2013). With the help of veteran college football writer Jeff Snook, this beloved football personality offers fans a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to turn a strained athletics program into a national name with stories from the field, bench and executive offices, including:

 

  • Revealing how he once accepted another head coaching job to leave Virginia Tech, only to change his mind nine days later when he realized how much he loved his alma mater
  • His personal thoughts on the Penn State scandal, Joe Paterno and the doings of the NCAA as well as the state of college football
  • His reaction to the discovery of Michael Vick's dog fighting arrest and eventual conviction

 

In addition to stories from Beamer's career, Let Me Be Frank includes personal reflections on the 2007 massacre in which 32 students and faculty members were shot and killed by a mentally ill student. Beamer shares his football philosophies and sage advice about community, work ethic and treating others with respect in a way that makes readers feel like they're grabbing a beer after a game to talk sports and life. A must-have for the upcoming football season, Let Me Be Frank is perfect for football fans and die-hard Hokies alike.

 

About the Authors:

Frank Beamer is the winningest active head coach in Division I college football with 216 wins in 26 years on the Virginia Tech sideline. Under his watch, Virginia Tech has evolved from a struggling independent program in the 1980s into a national power. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.

 

Jeff Snook is a freelance writer who has written about college football for more than 30 years. He has authored seven previous books about college football, including What It Means to Be a Buckeye, What It Means to Be a Husker, and What It Means to Be a Sooner. He lives in Hypoluxo, Florida.

 

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