- - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Virginia Tech announced Wednesday that it has extended football coach Frank Beamer’s contract by two years through the 2018 season.

Beamer, 67, will begin his 28th season on the sidelines with the Hokies on Saturday. He has indicated recently that he has no plans to retire anytime soon.

“As I’ve stated numerous times, the only job I desire is right here at Virginia Tech,” Beamer said in a written release. “My passion and commitment have been further energized with the arrivals of President [Tim] Sands and [athletic director] 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.”

The terms of Beamer’s original contract, which went into effect in January of 2012, will remain the same for the extension, which will technically expire Jan. 1, 2019 when Beamer is 72.

Beamer leads all active Division I coaches with 266 career wins. He is 224–109–2 at Tech and has led the Hokies to 21 straight bowl games.

“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,” Babcock said in a release.

“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.”



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