With 199 wins and more than 24 seasons at Virginia Tech to his credit, there was perhaps some doubt as to how much longer Coach Frank Beamer will roam the sidelines in Blacksburg. On Saturday, though, he put any retirement talk on the back burner for the foreseeable future.
Virginia Tech announced that the 64-year-old Beamer has officially signed a new contract that keeps him as head coach through the 2016 season.
“Hopefully I’ve got a few more years after that — we’ll see,” said Beamer after the Hokies demolished Appalachian State, 66-13, to begin his 25th season as head coach. “A few more games like this, then I’ll have a few more years after that.”
The terms of the deal will not be released until Tuesday, but according to USA Today, Beamer earned $2.128 million for the 2010 season.
He agreed to this new contract back in August 2010, but negotiations weren’t scheduled to begin until January 2012 when his current seven-year deal is set to expire. However, Beamer acknowledged Saturday during his postgame news conference that he wanted to get the contract done early.
He will be 70 years old when this new contract expires.
“Frank has done an outstanding job in his 24 years at Virginia Tech and we look forward to his continued leadership as we strive to win a national championship,” athletic director Jim Weaver said in a school-issued statement.