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For Immediate Release: August 19, 2011
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU wrestling hires former Buffalo assistant Beasley to round out staff
Highly-touted recruiter brings five years of Division I coaching experience

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton wrestling coach Pat Popolizio has added former Buffalo associate coach Frank Beasley to his staff as head assistant coach for the 2011-12 season. Beasley replaces Dennis Papadatos, who resigned after five noteworthy years with the program.

Beasley was the head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University at Buffalo, helping steer that program to its finest three-year span in team history. The Bulls have sent 14 wrestlers to the NCAA Championship since 2008 and have crowned five individual conference champions.

Last season, Beasley spearheaded a squad that produced six NCAA qualifiers, eight nationally-ranked wrestlers, four Mid-American Conference (MAC) champions including the Most Outstanding Wrestler and multiple team wins over top-25 programs. Simultaneously, his academic commitment has resulted in five individuals earning NWCA All-Academic honors.

"We are very excited to have Frank as our newest addition to the Binghamton wrestling coaching staff," Popolizio said. "He has proven to be one of the best recruiters in the country and brings professional experience and a strong work ethic, which will help elevate our program. Frank will be a great role model for our current and future student-athletes."

Beasley's recruiting efforts have resulted in four classes that have been among the finest in the country and his current incoming class was ranked as high as No. 11 in the nation.

Before Buffalo, Beasley was an assistant coach at Bloomsburg for two seasons, helping that program produce its first All-American in more than a decade and add another All-American and nine national qualifiers in all. In addition, the Huskies won 12 duals in 2006-07 - the most most wins in 16 seasons.

He enjoyed an elite wrestling career at Lincoln College and Bloomsburg, earning NJCAA All-America honors at Lincoln in 2004 (165 lbs.) and was a starter and team captain at Bloomsburg, finishing fourth at the 2006 Eastern Wrestling League Championship. Beasley accumulated more than 80 collegiate wins at 157, 165 and 174 pounds with nearly half coming by pin.

His multitude of academic achievements included becoming a two-time Academic All-American, four-year National Dean's List honoree and recipient of education and English department honors at Bloomsburg. Beasley earned a dual degree in English and education from Bloomsburg in 2006, graduating Cum Laude. He then received his master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Bloomsburg with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Beasley has worked numerous camps and clinics, most notably serving as head wrestling coach for the NWCA/USA Wrestling All-American Tour to Russia in June 2010.

He is a native of Odin, Illinois. Joining him in Binghamton is his wife Lyndsey.

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