Virginia Tech announces contract extension for head coach Frank Beamer

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BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock announced a two-year contract extension through January 1, 2019 for head football coach Frank Beamer on Wednesday.

“We are pleased to be in a position to present Coach Beamer with this contract extension,” Babcock said. “Announcing before our home opener serves as a tangible show of support for the winningest coach in college football who does it the right way, continues our positive momentum in recruiting, and signals the stability of leadership in our program. His stamp on our football program, and our institution, is indelible. This well-deserved extension is a reward for 27 tremendous years, certainly, but also is based upon my observations and work with him these past seven months. His integrity and work ethic is even better than advertised and he still has that competitive fire and wants to move Virginia Tech forward. I believe in him and support him, his staff, and our team. We look forward to a successful 2014 season and beyond.”

“As I’ve stated numerous times, the only job I desire is right here at Virginia Tech,” Beamer said. “My passion and commitment have been further energized with the arrivals of President (Tim) Sands and Whit Babcock and the leadership and vision they provide. I am appreciative of the confidence they continue to show in me and our football program. I can honestly tell you that our program currently stands atop a rock-solid foundation. This coaching staff is the best I’ve ever had. We’ve had an influx of talented, young student-athletes into our program and we’re hard at work recruiting more just like them. So, I’m confident in the character and talent of our coaches, players and support staff. Then, you see this impressive, state-of-the-art indoor practice facility on its way up, which shows the continuing dedication from this university, its people and our fans, and our future can only be bright. I’m proud of where we’ve been, and I’m extremely excited about where we’re going.”

Beamer is entering his 28th year as Virginia Tech’s head coach and is the winningest active coach in the FBS with 266 career wins. Under Beamer, Tech football has enjoyed unprecedented success with 21 consecutive bowl appearances, four ACC titles, five ACC Coastal Division crowns, three BIG EAST Conference titles, six BCS appearances, two “major” bowl victories and a trip to the national championship game. Under his guidance, the Hokies have finished in the Top 20 in 16 of the past 21 seasons, including four top-10 finishes during the last 10 years.

Along with all of its accomplishments on the field, Virginia Tech football has been just as successful in the classroom: this year scoring a 977 multi-year Academic Progress Rate – its highest score ever. Additionally, in 11 of the past 13 years, Tech has graduated at least 70 percent of its football recruiting class. From 2001-2013, there were 229 senior Tech football players on the roster with 213 earning their degree, 93 percent. By the time this year is over, 78 of 80 seniors since 2010 will have graduated from Tech.

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  1. First of all, Beamer is not 70. Secondly, I am not surprised that he agreed to an extension; he wants a National Championship and 300 wins. He is not going to walk away soon after the new practice facility has been built; and he is right, this is probably his best coaching staff ever! Besides, if he retires now, what was he going to do? This is an instance where Coleman & Stewart’s prophesies were shortsighted.

  2. I’m only surprised that it has taken this long. If Coach Beamer stays through the end of this contract, he also has an excellent shot at reaching 300 wins. The only thing missing at that point would be a national championship. I think Frank has at least one more run at the brass ring in him with this staff. Go Hokies!

  3. Would love to see him retire with a national championship added that illustrious résumé. I truly believe that is one of the reasons for the contract extensions, the recruiting has certainly altered it’s course with the new influx of younger and more persuasive coaches, along with the addition of Sir Wit. They know if you want to run with the big dogs you have to be able to jump up on the couch with them, and were seeing that with the new addition of state of the art amenities and athletically talented recruiting classes. It’s beginning to feel like him may start to take a Joe Pa role, which is hiring quality coaches and letting them coach while he remains the face of the franchise. You also have to wonder, what’s there next step do they hire from within or go after a hot comiditycommodity

    1. Wasn’t quite done! Like an up and coming coach I.e. Bobby Wilder. I know I know, people are going to think such a thing is crazy, but how crazy is it ?look at what he is done at ODU since what 2010. He’s turned them from literally nothing to something, that can not be overlooked. On the flip side of that coin, I ask myself would they make all these new hire’s and then trun it over to someone new, and possibly with him bring an entirely new coaching staff? I would personally like to see Bud Foster be considered, then there’s a good possibility of retaining this new coaching staff. If they have what it takes to turn the offense around. But, does Foster have what it takes to appease the donors and those who make the big decisions? that’s the 2.5 million dollar question! It should be interesting to watch.

  4. Glad coach will be at Virginia Tech for at least 5 more seasons. This can only help the program on the recruiting trail.

  5. good to hear and see this, I hope that a discussion surrounding the assistant coaches and their compensation was also part of this discussion.

  6. Once again, Whit Babcock acts decisively and smartly. And Frank gets the chance he deserves to keep the resurgence going.

  7. Not sure if this was the best thing that could have happened to the program but if coach Beamer is happy I’m happy. He deserves it.

  8. Lip service for recruiting? This guarantees he is not bait for the other coaches that were using his current contract as an example of his impending departure. I like it.

    Praise the lord the comments are back!

      1. I figured that this at least accomplished that task. He can still retire after 2016- or at any time- and I’m sure he still gets the 8 year (?) post-coaching job. That would put him in his 80’s if he is 70 now…

        Congrats again to CFB, ADB, VT and all of our fans! It has been quite a ride…

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