Frank Beasley coaching Nick Gwiazdowski at the World Championships (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)
Fairfax, Va. -- George Mason assistant vice president and director of athletics Brad Edwards announced that Frank Beasley has been hired as the Patriots head wrestling coach. Beasley leaves a top-20 wrestling program at North Carolina State University to become the tenth head coach in Mason history.
"Frank Beasley brings an elite wrestling pedigree to Mason," said Brad Edwards. "He has a great progressive coaching career and is respected as one of the top recruiters and young coaches in the sport. Combine his coaching experience with his passion and energy level, I'm excited about the dedication he will provide to our student-athletes and where he can take our wrestling program."
"I was extremely impressed with everyone I met at George Mason and know it's a special place," said Beasley. "I am excited about the potential of the wrestling program and the possibilities of reaching the next level of success. Individually, we will produce outstanding young men of character who will earn All-American honors and individual NCAA Championships. We will compete for Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) conference championships and work towards establishing George Mason as a perennial top-20 program nationally."
In five seasons as a member of the Wolfpack coaching staff, including two as the associate head coach, Beasley helped lead NC State to four straight top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships, the longest such stretch in school history. In that span, he coached two NCAA Champions, seven All-Americans, seven individual Atlantic Coast Conference Champions (ACC) and 31 NCAA Qualifiers, including 18 in the past two years. NC State sent a school-record 10 NCAA Qualifiers to the 2017 NCAA Championships.
Beasley helped NC State to one of its best seasons in 2015-16. The Wolfpack won the 2016 ACC Championship, finished in 11th place at the NCAA Championships, the best finish since a school-best seventh in 1993. NC State finished the 2016 regular season ranked #2 in the final NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, the highest ranking in school history. The Pack tied the school record with three All-Americans in 2016.
As the Wolfpack's recruiting coordinator, Beasley's efforts produced three top-fifteen recruiting classes, including the top-rated class in 2016 by both FloWrestling.com and InterMatWrestling.com. Following their first campaign at NC State, Beasley and the Pack wrestling staff signed a top 10 recruiting class in the spring of 2013, No. 4 according to D1Collegewrestling.
Prior to NC State, Beasley gained coaching experience with three collegiate programs. As head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Binghamton for one season, Beasley helped the squad to a 14th place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships. Five wrestlers qualified for the national championships and all five finished in the top sixteen, with two All-Americans. He 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 sent 14 wrestlers to the NCAA Championship over Beasley's tenure and crowned five individual conference champions.
Before Buffalo, Beasley was an assistant coach at his alma mater Bloomsburg for two seasons. He helped the program produce its first All-American in more than a decade and nine national qualifiers. In addition, the Huskies won 12 duals in 2006-07, the program's most wins in 16 seasons.
Beasley has international experience, most recently helping Team USA win a world championship at the UWW World Championships last month in Paris. He was the personal coach at the world championships of world bronze medalist, Nick Gwiazdowski. In addition, he has been the head coach of the Wolfpack Regional Training Center. He coached the Wolfpack Regional Training Center that finished 2nd in the RTC Club Cup this year at the U.S. Open. He was the head coach of the NWCA All-American Team in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, he took the team to South Korea, with one wrestler beating a 2008 Olympian. In 2010, he took the team to Russia, where the team went undefeated in dual meets and produced some individual wins over world medalists. In addition, Beasley has conducted camps and clinics all over the country.
A native of Odin, Illinois, he enjoyed an elite wrestling career at Lincoln College and Bloomsburg, earning NJCAA All-America honors at Lincoln in 2004 (165 lbs.). He was a starter and team captain at Bloomsburg, finishing fourth at the 2006 EWL Championship. Beasley accumulated almost 90 collegiate wins 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, graduating Summa Cum Laude.
Beasley is married to the former Lyndsey Snyder and the couple have two children, Franklin (3), and Anna (9 months).