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Former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer (left) gets emotional during the pregame ceremony for defensive coordinator Bud Foster. Hokies coach Justin Fuente is pictured at right.

Frank Beamer already is a member of four halls of fame. In April, that number will grow to five. Beamer, who was a prolific passing quarterback at Hillsville High School long before he became one of college football's most successful coaches at Virginia Tech, will be inducted in April into the Virginia High School Hall of Fame.

Beamer set a VHSL record with 43 career touchdown passes under head coach Tommy Thompson, leading Hillsville to an 8-2 record as a senior in 1964. He was an assistant coach at Radford High School under Norman Lineburg before eventually becoming the head coach at Murray State.

He was Virginia Tech's head coach from 1986-2015, retiring as the winningest coach in school history with a 239-121-2 record, and leading Tech to a spot in the 1999 BCS championship game. Beamer is a member of the Murray State, Virginia Tech, College Football and Virginia Sports halls of fame.

Joining Beamer in the 2020 class is one of his former players, Jeff King. King graduated from Pulaski County High where he was named Timesland male athlete of the year as a senior in 2001. King starred for the Cougars as a football tight end and a basketball center before playing both sports at Virginia Tech and playing for eight seasons in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals.

The induction ceremony will take place April 26 in Charlottesville.

The other 2020 inductees are:

• Gregg Conner, who has a 504-22-1 record with two state championships as the baseball coach at Powhatan High.

• Barney Cobb (John Marshall H.S., Richmond), a track star who became an All-American at LSU and a qualifier for the 1976 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200 meters.

• Charlie Cloe, a football and basketball official for 45 years.

• Wheeler Hughes (Dunbar H.S., Lynchburg), who led his team to a VIA state basketball title in 1966 before becoming a Big Eight Conference second-team guard at Kansas State.

• Leroy Keyes (G.W. Carver H.S., Newport News), who scored 44 career TDs in football and 2,016 points in basketball. Keys led Purdue to the 1966 Rose Bowl and was the third overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1969 NFL draft.

• Cora Evern Jackson-Robinson (Essex), who starred in basketball, softball and track before a basketball and track career at Delaware State, where she joined the university's hall of fame in 2014.

• Tara Sheets (Gate City H.S.), who finished with a combined 139-1 career singles and doubles record and won three VHSL singles titles, four doubles crowns and four team championships before a career at East Tennessee State.

• Jasmine Thomas (Oakton H.S., Vienna), who scored 2,598 career points and was named the Gatorade player of the year in Virginia in 2007. She became a two-time All-American at Duke and is currently playing in the WNBA.

• Darnell Dozier, who has coached Princess Anne High of Virginia Beach to 10 state titles in 15 state tournament appearances.

• Jim Larkin, who has a 350-113-3 reocrd with four state runner-up finishes as the field hockey coach at Chancellor High in Fredericksburg.

• Tom Dolan, a former coach at three high schools and a former athletic director at Jamestown who now serves as the VHSL's associate director.

• Valerie Kibler, who was a journalism instructor at Marion and Harrisonburg high schools.

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