Twenty-five years into his tenure at Virginia Tech, Coach Frank Beamer often mentions how fortunate he was to have an administration that stuck with him despite a 24-40-2 record in his first six seasons.
On Tuesday, a different administration made clear that the coach’s career in Blacksburg will continue beyond his days on the sidelines: A new contract extension calls for Beamer to serve as a special assistant to the athletic director for eight years after retiring as coach, at an annual salary of $250,000. His duties will involve fundraising and public appearances.
Athletic Director Jim Weaver and Beamer both emphasized that Beamer might coach beyond the length of this extension, which runs through 2016. Weaver referenced 84-year-old Penn State Coach Joe Paterno, and indicated the special assistant role was only for “when Frank is ready to stop coaching.”
“What I think is important for both sides is that it’s not awkward at the end, whenever the end is. I don’t plan it being any time soon,” said Beamer, who will be 70 years old in 2016. He told reporters following the Hokies’ win over Appalachian State last Saturday that he wants to remain coach past the 2016 season.