Kirby Smart has done what Mark Richt never did.
On Tuesday, Smart announced he is hiring Shane Beamer to be his special teams coordinator. In Richt’s 15 years at Georgia he never had one person dedicated to special teams, which Beamer will be now that’s he on staff.
Beamer also will coach tight ends, rounding out the offensive coaching staff.
Beamer, the son of longtime Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer, coached under his father for the past five years. Beamer has also had stints as an assistant at South Carolina (2007-10), Mississippi State (2004-06) and was a graduate assistant at Tennessee (2001-03) and Georgia Tech (2000).
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At Virginia Tech, Frank Beamer built a strong reputation for special teams, with the term “Beamer Ball” coined in reference to it. Shane Beamer coached running backs when he coached under his father but did coach special teams in the 2009 and 2010 seasons when he was at South Carolina.
With Beamer on board, the offensive coaching staff is as follows: Beamer, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jim Chaney, offensive line coach Sam Pittman, running backs coach Dell McGee and receivers coach James Coley.
On the other side of the ball, Smart has retained defensive line coach Tracy Rocker and outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer, with the possibility of Sherrer moving to coach another position. Smart has one more assistant coach he can hire, per NCAA rules limiting the staff to nine full-time assistants, which will be his defensive coordinator.