Shane Beamer is in his fourth season on the Gamecocks' coaching staff. He will coach the Spurs and strong safeties, and serve as the special teams coordinator again in 2010. He held similar duties during the 2009 season. Beamer is also Carolina's recruiting coordinator, duties he took on following the conclusion of the 2008 regular season.
In 2009, Beamer's special teams units recorded five blocked kicks, tying for the SEC lead and tying for the eighth highest total in the nation. In addition, Spencer Lanning converted on 85 percent (17-of-20) of his field goal attempts in his first season in that role. Beamer helped coach a defense that ranked third in the SEC and 15th in the country in total defense and second in the league and eighth in the land in passing defense. The Gamecocks' 2010 recruiting class was again ranked among the nation's top 25. Beamer was nominated for the 2009 Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year award following the season.
Beamer joined the Carolina staff on Feb. 14, 2007, coaching the outside linebackers and serving as the co-coordinator of special teams in his first season in Columbia.
He worked with the cornerbacks in his second campaign. That 2008 unit was one of the most productive on the field as they were part of a defensive squad that finished the regular season ranked second in the nation in pass defense and 13th in total defense. Two of his players, Stoney Woodson and Carlos Thomas, combined for seven interceptions. South Carolina held opposing offenses to just 159.2 yards per game and only nine touchdowns through the air.
Beamer's first class as the recruiting coordinator (2009) was ranked as the nation's 12th-best class by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Beamer came to Carolina after spending the previous three seasons at Mississippi State University. He was hired by Sylvester Croom in January 2004 to coach the Bulldog cornerbacks under defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson. In his first two seasons at MSU he guided three defensive backs to Freshman All-SEC accolades. He made the move to running backs coach in the spring of 2006. He also served as the program's recruiting coordinator.
Beamer went to MSU from the University of Tennessee, where he spent three seasons as a graduate assistant helping with the defensive backs, coaching the placekickers, punters and long snappers and assisting in all special teams areas. He also oversaw game opponent scouting while at UT.
During his three seasons in Knoxville, the Volunteers played in the 2001 SEC Championship game and went to three bowl games. While at UT, Beamer earned a master's degree in sport science in December 2003.
Prior to joining the staff at Tennessee, Beamer worked one season (2000) as a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech, helping with the Yellow Jacket quarterbacks and wide receivers. That squad finished the season with a 9-3 mark and a berth in the 2000 Peach Bowl.
Beamer earned his bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech in 1999 and was the Hokies' starting long snapper for three seasons. He also contributed in the wide receiver corps. He played on four bowl teams and three Big East Conference championship squads. He concluded his college playing career by helping the `99 Hokies to a No. 2 final regular season ranking and a berth in the Sugar Bowl.
Born in Charleston, S.C., Beamer is the son of longtime Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer. He is married to the former Emily Gladney, a Starkville, Miss., native. The couple has two daughters, Sutton and Olivia.