Beamer under contract with Virginia Tech until 2012

Updated: October 13, 2005, 7:09 PM ET
Associated Press

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer has a new seven-year contract that will boost his annual salary from $1.4 million to $2 million and runs through 2012 season.

The deal has an option for three additional years.

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

The agreement also guarantees the 58-year-old Beamer, who is in his 19th season as Tech's coach, additional bonuses. His assistants also will receive substantial pay increases and performance-based annual raises.

Both Beamer and his assistants will receive a new bonuses for postseason appearances.

Officials had hoped to complete the deal before Virginia Tech's Sept. 4 opener at North Carolina State. Beamer had refused to agree to any new contract that didn't include raises for each of his nine full-time assistant coaches.

"I think we have the greatest staff in the country and I want to keep them," he said.

Beamer has built Virginia Tech from a perennial also-ran into a national power. He is 183-100-4 in his career, the third most victories of any active major college coach. In the past 12 seasons, Beamer's Hokies are 117-37 with 12 consecutive bowl appearances.

He led the Hokies to an Atlantic Coast Conference championship last season, their first in the ACC.

No. 3 Virginia Tech (6-0) is off this week and plays ACC rival Maryland on Oct. 20.

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