Tech Finalizes Contract with Beamer
Pay increases for assistant coaches included
October 13, 2005

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech Athletics Department announced Thursday that terms have been finalized on a new seven-year contract for head football coach Frank Beamer. The new contract extends through the 2012 season and includes an option for three more years.

"I am pleased and proud that this contract will enable Frank Beamer to conclude his coaching career at Virginia Tech," said Virginia Tech's Director of Athletics Jim Weaver. "He has done an outstanding job building this program and has proven himself to be one of the nation's elite coaches."

The new agreement guarantees Beamer compensation in the amount of $2,008,000 per year, with additional incentive bonuses built in. Under the terms of his old contract, Beamer was guaranteed $1,437,830.

The contract also includes substantial pay increases for Beamer's assistant coaches, along with a new annual raise structure based upon performance. Both Beamer and his assistants will receive a revised bonus structure for postseason appearances in the new contract.

"I am very appreciative to the university for allowing me to finish my coaching career at Virginia Tech," said Beamer. "This is the only place I want to coach, and it's a great place to coach because of the administration and our great fan support.

"I'm also appreciative to the university for helping me with my assistant coaches. I think we have the greatest staff in the country and I want to keep them."

Beamer, who was the consensus national coach of the year in 1999, is in his 19th season at the helm of Tech's football program. He currently stands third among active Division I-A football coaches in victories with 183. His Tech teams have posted a 117-37 record over the past 12-plus seasons and have appeared in 12 consecutive bowl games.

The Hokies, 6-0 and ranked third in both national polls, have an open date on Saturday before returning to action on Thursday night in a key Atlantic Coast Conference contest at the University of Maryland. The game will be broadcast nationally by ESPN.

"I am happy that we could reach a conclusion during this open week and that the process has not been a distraction to our team or staff," said Weaver.

"The university has been very generous to this program," said Beamer, "and I will do my best to continue leading it in a positive direction."