COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC) - South Carolina has officially hired Oklahoma assistant coach and former Gamecocks assistant Shane Beamer as the 36th head coach in school history on Sunday.
“I have been preparing for this moment my entire life,” Beamer said in a statement. “I am ready and excited to be the head football coach at the University of South Carolina. I am thankful to all the head coaches that I have worked for, the assistant coaches and student-athletes I have worked with. My family and I are thrilled to be coming back to Columbia and the state of South Carolina.”
“I believe that Shane Beamer is the perfect fit to be the head football coach at the University of South Carolina,” Athletics Director Ray Tanner said. “He has worked under some of the greatest coaches in college football and has taken those lessons to become one of the bright, young minds in the game. I believe Shane’s energy, enthusiasm, commitment and fondness for our school and program will be met favorably by our student-athletes, staff and fans.”
The move comes after Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated reported that Louisiana Head Coach Billy Napier informed the school that he was staying with the Cajuns. Napier, who at one time was the betting favorite to land the Gamecocks job, reportedly interviewed with South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner on Saturday.
Earlier Saturday, Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield told the Courier Journal in Kentucky that he was staying with the Cardinals after interviewing with South Carolina on Friday.
Beamer, who’s 43 years old and was born in Charleston, has been one of the favorites to land the position from early on. He was one of the first to interview with Tanner about the position and has had a lot of support from former Gamecocks players regarding the spot.
Among the players Beamer recruited to South Carolina in his time with the Gamecocks were Stephon Gilmore, Alshon Jeffery, DJ Swearinger, Connor Shaw and Marcus Lattimore.
“President (Bob) Caslen, (Senior Deputy Athletics Director) Chance Miller and I talked to some outstanding candidates for this position,” said Tanner. “Shane’s candidacy set the bar high as we were talking to other coaches. I want to add my appreciation for Chad Chatlos of Turnkey Search, who helped us navigate through this process.”
Aside from South Carolina, Beamer has worked at Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Georgia.
Beamer has spent the last 3 seasons at Oklahoma under Lincoln Riley where he’s served as the assistant head coach for offense.
The son of legendary Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, Shane would be entering his first head coaching position with South Carolina.