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Hokies honor famed ex-coach Frank Beamer by renaming locker room

Frank Beamer might have retired in 2015, but his ownership of the Virginia Tech locker room will be present in 2016 and beyond.

The Hokies football team's locker room is now named "The Frank Beamer Locker Room," after the school announced Tuesday that its board of visitors approved the name change.

A formal dedication will take place once new signage is installed. The locker room was previously named "Team United Locker Room."

"The heart and soul of Virginia Tech football resides within the young men who will use this locker room," Beamer said in a release. "The locker room is a place where lifelong friendships form and teams grow stronger together. While this space will always belong to our student-athletes and Hokie Nation, if my name helps remind our student-athletes to give that extra effort on the field, study a little longer or do a good turn for a fellow Hokie, then I'm all for it."

This is the second notable Virginia Tech dedication to Beamer in the past seven months. Last August, Spring Road, which runs alongside the west stands of Lane Stadium, was renamed "Beamer Way" for the coach and his wife, Cheryl. The official athletic department address was changed to 25 Beamer Way as well, a nod to Beamer's No. 25 jersey from his playing days with the Hokies from 1966-68.

Beamer, 69, served as Virginia Tech's head coach for 29 years before stepping aside in 2015. He amassed 280 career wins, 238 of them with the Hokies. Beamer is now a special assistant to the athletic director.

Justin Fuente was hired in November from Memphis to succeed Beamer.