The American Osteopathic Foundation Welcomes Celebrated Virginia Tech Football Coach, Frank Beamer, to its Board

January 4, 2021

The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) is proud to announce the election of Mr. Frank Beamer to the Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2021.

Mr. Beamer, retired college football coach for Virginia Tech, is one of the longest-tenured coaches in the NCAA. Beamer built Virginia Tech football into a national power, taking over the program in 1987. And as head coach, he led the Virginia Tech Hokies to 23 consecutive Bowl games beginning in his 7th Season in 1993 until he retired in 2015. It was the second-longest active consecutive bowl streak in the country at the time of his retirement. Coach Beamer was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018.

“As a football coach, I understood the importance of having DOs on staff to treat my players. The osteopathic focus on hands-on care positively influenced the health of the team,” recalled Beamer. “I am looking forward to joining the American Osteopathic Foundation’s Board to help broaden its reach and advance its mission.”

“We’re excited to welcome Frank Beamer to the board,” said Rita Forden, CEO of the American Osteopathic Foundation. “Coach Beamer has long been an advocate for the osteopathic profession and has valuable first-hand experience that came from working closely with DOs throughout his celebrated career as head football coach at Virginia Tech,”

Beamer graduated from Virginia Tech in 1969. While there, he was a starting cornerback for three years, playing in the 1966 and 1968 Liberty Bowls.  He attended Radford University for graduate school.

Shortly after announcing his retirement at the end of the 2015 season, Beamer signed an eight-year contract with Virginia Tech, serving as a special assistant to the director of athletics at Virginia Tech, focusing on athletic development and advancement.