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Each week, CoachingSearch.com names 10 Coaches of the Week ranging from Offensive and Defensive Coordinator to Offensive and Defensive Line and this week, the site named James Shibest the Special Teams Coordinator of the Week.
From the site (CLICK HERE to view all of this week's coaches):
Special teams coordinator: James Shibest (Virginia Tech)
The Hokies had an 87-yard punt return touchdown, a blocked field goal and a blocked punt in a 54-17 win over East Carolina. Frank Beamer may not be the head coach, but Beamerball is alive and well.
USA TODAY announced its first vote of the Football Four Playoff according to its 13-person panel. The Playoff Projection panel is based on the College Football Playoff selection committee's model and includes former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer. Other members of the panel include the WWE Hall of Fame announcer Jim Ross, former FBS coaches Tommy Bowden and Rich Brooks, former FBS athletic directors Mike Alden, Bill Byrne and Jim Livengood, and USA TODAY Sports college sports staff members Nicole Auerbach, Paul Myerberg, George Schroeder, Eddie Timanus, Daniel Uthman and Dan Wolken.
CLICK HERE to see the panel's first vote.
Virginia Tech receiver Isaiah Ford is in the running for Yahoo’s “Catch of the Week” after his incredible 30-yard touchdown reception in the Hokies’ 49-0 win over Boston College this past Saturday.
Ford’s catch over two Boston College defenders is one of five catches in the running for “Catch of the Week.” Fans are encouraged to vote and can do so by clicking this link – and voting the poll at the bottom of the page.
Here are the video highlights from Tech’s win over BC and of Ford’s catch, which is at the 2:00 mark:
Military aircraft, both modern and vintage, will help the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets celebrate its homecoming Saturday, Sept. 17, as the Hokies face Boston College.
As part of Corps Homecoming and Military Appreciation Day, four aircraft from the Tri-State Warbird Museum in Batavia, Ohio, and one from the U.S. Air Force are expected to conduct military flyovers of Lane Stadium, barring weather or operational factors.
The 3rd Airlift Squadron, part of the 436th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, plans to fly a C-17 Globemaster III over Lane Stadium at about 3:30 p.m. during the National Anthem, which will follow the joint march-on by the cadets and a regiment of corps alumni.
At halftime, the Tri-State Warbird Museum plans to send the World War II-era C-45 Expeditor “Hokie Pokie” and three AT-6s over Lane Stadium during the military appreciation performance by the regimental band, the Highty-Tighties, and the Marching Virginians.
The museum’s flyovers are arranged by corps alumnus Stan Cohen, who earned his bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering in 1949 and master’s degree in civil engineering in 1951 from the College of Engineering.
Before enrolling at Virginia Tech, Cohen served with the 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, the Flying Tigers, in the China, Burma, and India Theater in 1945 flying the P-40.
Cohen will cover the cost associated with bringing the aircraft to Blacksburg.
Weather permitting, the C-45 and one AT-6 will do practice flights and then perform a flyover at the corps’ formal retreat ceremony to honor returning alumni at 4:45 p.m. The ceremony will be at the flagpole on the Upper Quad behind Lane Hall.
The regiment will form between Lane, Shanks, and Major Williams halls. The Color Guard will lower the flag; Skipper, the corps cannon, will fire; and the Highty-Tighties will play.
Plans call for two more AT-6s to arrive Saturday.
As part of Corps Homecoming and to honor the special relationship between Virginia Tech and the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, cadets will be collecting donations for the memorial at each of the entry gates to Lane Stadium. To date, cadets have collected more than $207,000 for the National D-Day Memorial.
The Globemaster III’s primary function is to provide troop and cargo transport and it is one of the largest aircraft in the Air Force’s arsenal. With a wingspan of 169 feet and 10 inches, the C-17’s is actually wider than Worsham Field’s width of 159 feet.
The C-45 is based on the Beechcraft Corporation’s popular commercial airplane the Model 18 "Twin Beech," originally designed in 1936. It has a top speed of 225 MPH and a range of more than 1,200 miles. As a tribute to Cohen and Virginia Tech, this C-45 sports the nose art "Hokie Pokie."
The AT-6 is a single-engine advanced trainer that was the first complex aircraft flown by World War II cadets —it had retractable landing gear and a controllable pitch propeller. It was used to train fighter pilots, gunners, bombardiers, and navigators.
ABC televised the three most-watched games across all networks during college football’s week two, led by the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol between Virginia Tech and Tennessee (Saturday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m.).
The Hokies versus the Volunteers much-anticipated contest delivered a prime-time, total live audience of 5,875,000 average viewers (TV + Streaming), including a television audience of 5,790,000 average viewers which led ABC to win the night across all broadcast and cable networks in households, people 2+ and all key male and persons demos (men 18-34, men 18-49, men 25-54, P18-34, P18-49, P25-54). The historic game was also ESPN’s most-streamed game of the day, with an average minute audience of 85,000 viewers and a total of 403,000 unique viewers totaling 21,100,000 minutes watched.
The first two games of ABC’s Saturday tripleheader were college football’s second and third most-watched games across all networks with Tulsa at Ohio State (3:30 p.m.) delivering a total live audience of 4,057,000 average viewers and Central Florida at Michigan with 2,918,000 average viewers (noon).
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There are currently 16 Hokies on NFL rosters and many of them had stand out performances this past week. Here’s how they did in week one.
Kam Chancellor – Seattle Seahawks
Chancellor turned in seven tackles, second-most on the team, including a tackle for loss in Seattle’s 12-10 victory over Miami
Brandon Flowers – San Diego Chargers
Flowers tied for the team-lead with two tackles for loss and tallied eight total stops in the Chargers’ 33-27 loss to Kansas City in overtime. Although he didn’t see the field, Flowers went up against fellow Hokie Dad Nicolas, a rookie drafted in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
DeAngelo Hall – Washington Redskins
After moving to safety in the offseason, Hall didn’t miss a beat in week one where he had six tackles, including three solo stops, in the Redskins’ 38-16 loss to Pittsburgh.
Eddie Royal – Chicago Bears
Royal caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler to go along with four catches for 40 yards in the Bears’ 23-14 loss to Houston.
Darryl Tapp – New Orleans Saints
An 11-year veteran, Tapp saw the field in the Saints’ 35-34 loss to the Raiders.
Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills
Taylor went 15 for 22 for 111 yards against his former team in Buffalo’s 13-7 loss to the Ravens.
Virginia Tech's Sam Rogers is one of 40 named to the initial Dante Hall Award watch list announced on Monday. The award recognizes any FBS player who is listed UNDER 6-feet-tall on the official depth chart and candidates must participate on offense and special teams.
The Dante Hall Award - benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston - will recognize college football's best all-around offensive contributor who literally beats long odds. To read more about Dante Hall and the award, CLICK HERE.
Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente appeared on ESPN College GameDay, marking his first live appearance on the show, and the Virginia Tech spirit squad took part in both GameDay and Good Morning America. For a look at what transpired in the morning before the Virginia Tech-Tennessee matchup at Bristol Motor Speedway, please check out this photo gallery:
Virginia Tech football coach Justin Fuente will make an appearance on ESPN College GameDay on Saturday morning roughly 11 hours before the Hokies take on No. 17 Tennessee at the Battle at Bristol.
The weekly show, college football’s longest-running and most-celebrated show, airs from 9 a.m. until noon on ESPN and will be located in the Earhart East Parking Lot at Bristol Motor Speedway. The show includes host Rece Davis, who is joined by analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as contributors Chris “the Bear” Fallica, Jen Lada, Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, George Whitfield and Gene Wojciechowski.
Fuente will be arriving at the GameDay set at approximately 10:45 a.m. He will be on a side set with Ponder at 11 a.m. and Ponder will conduct a live interview with Tech’s first-year head coach.
Also, for early-rising Tech fans, Good Morning America’s weather correspondent Rob Marciano, will be broadcasting live from the same parking lot starting at 7 a.m. Officials from the morning show would love for Tech fans to be a part of the live cut-ins with Marciano and request that they be there by 6:30 a.m. The Virginia Tech spirit squad will be in attendance.
The Tech-Tennessee game kicks off at 8 p.m. and can be seen on ABC.
ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – college football’s longest-running and most-celebrated pregame show – will originate from Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee, on Saturday in advance of the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol showcasing the neutral-site matchup of Virginia Tech and No. 17 Tennessee (ABC, 8 p.m. ET). The weekly show airs from 9 a.m. until noon on ESPN and will be located in the Earhart East Parking Lot.
The six-time Emmy Award-winning show includes host Rece Davis, who is joined by analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as contributors Chris “the Bear” Fallica, Jen Lada, Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, George Whitfield and Gene Wojciechowski.
Davis, Herbstreit and Ponder will be on the call of the game. ESPN’s Dr. Jerry Punch and Marty Smith, who were part of the network’s longtime NASCAR coverage, will be on site to provide additional coverage across ESPN platforms.
Live SportsCenter hits will take place from the set throughout the day on Friday, as well as College Football Live with Ponder, Howard and Pollack (1:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Corso began making his entertaining end-of-show headgear pick of the team he thinks will win the game at the GameDay site, marking 20 years this season. Week 2 will be headgear No. 278 for Corso, as he is 183-94 all-time in headgear picks. The phenomenon began Oct. 5, 1996, prior to the Ohio State-Penn State game in Columbus, Ohio when he put on OSU’s "Brutus Buckeye" mascot head to show his pick to win the game.
* After a 6-12 mark last year in headgear picks, Corso lost his opening-week game this year. It marked the second time in the last eight shows that a double-digit favorite lost outright (Ohio State vs. Michigan State the other).
* Week 2 hasn’t been kind to Corso lately either, as he has lost three of his last four picks.
* Corso has picked Tennessee four times and is 2-2 in those four picks. He has picked against the Vols 10 times and is 7-3 in those 10 picks.
* He has picked Virginia Tech four times and is 4-0 in those four picks. He has picked against Virginia Tech six times and has been right all six times. So he’s never missed a pick involving Virginia Tech, going a perfect 10-for-10.
‘The Bear’ College GameDay Week 1 Fun Facts:
* First time the show has opened the season with neutral site shows in each of the first two weeks of the season.
* This is the first time a Butch Jones-coached team or a Justin Fuente-coached team is involved in the game from which GameDay originates. The last time a Power 5 game saw that was Oct. 26, 2013 when Mark Helfrich (Oregon) and Jim Mora (UCLA) squared off in Eugene.
* This is the 10th time that the show will originate from the state of Tennessee. Eight of the previous nine shows originated in Knoxville, with the other instance being from Nashville.
* The last time the show was in the in state of Tennessee was Sept. 15, 2012, for the Tennessee vs. Florida game (a 37-20 Florida win).
* First time since September 5, 2009 Virginia Tech has been involved in the game from which GameDay will originate.
• Bristol, Tennessee will be the 75th different city from which GameDay will originate.
* This is the 311th road show. The last time an in-season edition of College GameDay originated from Bristol, Connecticut was Dec. 2, 2006. In all, 153 road shows have taken place since then (this will be 154).
* The Hokies have been involved in 10 road shows and are 4-6 in those 10 games. This is the 19th road show the Vols have been a part of and they are 7-11 in those previous 18 games.• This is the sixth time GameDay has been to a game between the SEC and ACC, with SEC teams going 5-0.
Virginia Tech held its weekly news conference Monday afternoon, and this week’s news conference happened to be in advance of the “Battle at Bristol.” Virginia Tech and Tennessee meet Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway in a game that could set the college football single-game attendance mark. Officials from the speedway addressed the media and also brought the trophy that will go to the winner of the game. Please check out the following photo gallery to get an up-close look at the trophy and more:
The HokiesXtra Game Day App has been updated for the 2016 season! Download now (Link) for Apple and Android to enjoy the new features!
This season, the HokiesXtra Gameday app will feature expanded scores and statistics that focus on the Hokies, as well as all top-25 and ACC games. Also, the app allows for integrated social media, which gives fans the opportunity to join in the conversation on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. In addition, the app has interactive stadium mapping, which allows one to share their location with friends and family on game day.
Features of the HokiesXtra App include -
- Live Game Audio: Listen to free live audio for football games and other sports throughout the year
- Social Stream: View and contribute to real-time Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds from the team and fans
- Fan Guide: The official Gameday Fan Guide with key ties, events and the need-to-know information to plan your gameday experience
- Interactive Stadium Maps: Enhanced location-aware in-venue maps for fans, including amenities such as tailgating and parking, where available
- Scores & Stats: All the scores, stats, and play-by-play information that fans need and expect during live games
- ACC & Top 25 Scores: Live scoring from across the conference and Top 25
- Notifications: Custom alert notifications to let fans know everything surrounding gameday
The latest addition to the Virginia Tech football roster rolled into Blacksburg on Wednesday morning on 18 wheels. In partnership with Lawrence Transportation, this 53-foot-long semi trailer will transport tons of
equipment, gear and supplies as the Hokies travel this season.
Conder Flag Company of Roanoke performed the wrapping of the trailer that features the same updated graphics and wordmarks featured prominently in the Hokies’ football facility. Head coach Justin Fuente’s signature terms Hard Smart Tough are also part of the trailer design. It took approximately 16 hours to complete the wrap process over a two-week period.
According to Tech’s associate director of equipment services, Sam Nichols, the trailer features LED interior lighting, a 4,000-pound liftgate and walking boards. Fans are encouraging to submit suggested names for the new truck on Twitter by tagging @VT_Football and @VTEquipment.
Bryan Randall & Mike Vick: pic.twitter.com/uOlxifamdb
Beginning Monday, Sept. 5, replicas of the special Hokie Stone jerseys that the Hokies will wear in the Battle of Bristol will be available at selected retail outlets.
Alumni Hall will serve as the preferred retailer of these jerseys that pay special tribute to Tech’s original school colors and the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.
While jerseys won’t be available at shop.hokiesports.com as previously hoped, should there be a change, we will keep fans updated. However, they will be available at Nike.com for fans wishing to make an online purchase.
Other area retailers include:
Dicks Sporting Goods
Tech Book Store (Main Street location)
For more information on the history behind the Battle at Bristol Jerseys, click here.
The Virginia Tech football program held a Student Appreciation Practice on Tuesday evening, inviting the school’s student body to attend football practice at Lane Stadium. The football program wanted to perform in front of the students and give them a sampling of what they can expect when the season opener kicks off in less than two weeks.
Approximately a couple of thousand students attended the 40-minute session. The first 500 received complimentary pizza.
Fuente addressed the students following the session, thanking them for coming and encouraging them to come to the season opener Sept. 3 against Liberty. The game kicks off at 12:30 p.m.
Here is a photo gallery of the evening’s festivities:
The game will be held January 28, 2017 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
The infield at Bristol Motor Speedway began its transformation into a college football field this morning. Over 8,500 tons of stone are being deployed to serve as the base for the AstroTurf playing surface.
View a Gallery of construction photos here:
A live Construction Cam is also available at:
BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech Athletics Department and Wood Brothers Racing announced Monday that the NASCAR Sprint Cup race team will display a Virginia Tech paint scheme on its cars for upcoming races at Bristol Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway.
The paint scheme is being used to promote both the school’s academic programs and the athletics department as part of the department’s “This is Home” marketing campaign. The Virginia Tech football team will play Tennessee at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 10 – a game that may break college football’s all-time single-game attendance mark – and the car will be displayed at that game.
Below see how the NASCAR world reacted on social media to the announcement and CLICK HERE for the full release and video.
Pretty cool to have VT on our car for the night race this weekend. Gonna look good under the lights! pic.twitter.com/Dpq2E5Z7Xb— Ryan Blaney (@Blaney) August 15, 2016
That is one sweet 🎨 job https://t.co/L78GjKJHlR— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) August 15, 2016
Check out all of the photos from Fan Appreciation Day. Held this past Sunday, Hokie fans of all ages flocked to Lane Stadium to meet and collect autographs from the football coaching staff and student-athletes.
Virginia Tech Director of Athletics attended a media event at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday at the trophy for the Battle at Bristol was unveiled. BMS General Manager Jerry Caldwell also explained details of how 15 employees from AstroTurf will install the playing surface for the game in a mere eight games.
Take a look at the hype video for the trophy itself, as well as other takeaways from those in attendance.
Astro Turf will have 15 employees at the Bristol Motor Speedway for 8 days to build the playing field for the Battle at Bristol. #Hokies— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) August 10, 2016
Virginia Tech and the University of Arizona recently announced that the two teams have agreed to a two-game, home-and-home football series.
The inaugural meeting between the two programs will take place in Tucson, Arizona, on Sept. 8, 2029, with a return trip by Arizona to Lane Stadium scheduled for Aug. 30, 2030. Tech most recently played a Pac-12 foe when it faced UCLA in the 2013 Sun Bowl.
CLICK HERE to see all of the Hokies future schedules
BLACKSBURG – Head coach Justin Fuente confirmed Friday that Tech has granted quarterback Dwayne Lawson his release upon completion of his summer coursework to transfer and enroll at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan.
“Our coaches and staff at Virginia Tech invested significant effort in providing Dwayne the support and resources to be successful as a both a student and an athlete, as did Coach Beamer and his staff,” Fuente said. “After conversation with Dwayne, he felt leaving our football program would be in his best interest. We wish Dwayne the best at Hutchinson Community College.”
The Tampa, Fla., native played in five games for the Hokies in 2015.
The Associated Press has been ranking the best teams in college football since 1936. Over 80 years and 1,103 polls, a total of 165 schools have been ranked and 44 of them have been ranked No. 1 (Minnesota was the first). The Virginia Tech football program did not crack the AP's Top 25 for all-time programs, but would be in the "receiving votes" category as the Hokies managed a No. 31 overall ranking.
To determine the all-time Top 25, the AP formula counted poll appearances (one point) to mark consistency, No. 1 rankings (two points) to acknowledge elite programs and gave a bonus for AP championships (10 points) and they broke down only those schools - CLICK HERE so see the AP story and capsules. However, below are some of Tech's numbers when it comes to the AP poll.
31. Virginia Tech (276 points)
Total appearances: 276, 25.02 percent of all the polls
First appearance: Oct. 4, 1954 - #19
Highest regular season ranking: #2 - during the 1999 and 2000 seasons
Longest consecutive-poll streak: 84 weeks - Jan. 5, 1999 (final, after the 1998 postseason) through Nov. 23, 2003
Poll point: Tech was ranked just 11 times before Frank Beamer took over the program in 1987 and had the Hokies ranked at least once during every season between 1993 and 2014 - coincidentally during a consecutive bowl streak that has now reached 23 straight seasons entering the 2016 campaign.
Former Tech receiver André Davis added another accolade to an already impressive resume when he was inducted into the Capital Region Football Hall of Fame – a Hall of Fame that honors those with upper New York state ties who have excelled in football, either as a coach, player or adminstrator. The induction ceremony took place in Albany, New York on July 30.
Davis attended high school in Niskayuna, New York, not far from Albany. He played mostly soccer growing up, but decided to go out for the football team before his junior season at Niskayuna High School and that decision paved the way for an unbelievable career.
Davis enjoyed a record-setting career at Virginia Tech from 1998-2001. His 962 receiving yards and nine touchdown receptions in 1999 were single-season records that lasted until 2015 and his 27.5 yards-per-catch average still stands as a school record. He also holds or shares three punt return records at Tech.
Following a career in which he caught 103 passes for 1,986 yards and 18 touchdowns, Davis spent nine seasons in the NFL. He recently made an undisclosed financial gift to the Virginia Tech Athletics Department to help support the Hokies’ Leadership Institute, which focuses on helping student-athletes become future leaders in society.
The hall of fame induction marked the third for Davis. In 2012, he was inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame. In 2014, he was inducted into his high school’s hall of fame.
BLACKSBURG - Junior wide receiver Isaiah Ford has been named to the 2016 Preseason All-America Second Team by Athlon Sports, the publication announced on Wednesday. Ford is one of 12 ACC players to be selected to one of Athlon’s four preseason teams on the offensive side of the ball.
The Jacksonville, Fla., native, who was earlier named a first team Preseason All-ACC by Athlon, set single-season school records in 2015 for receptions (75), receiving yards (1,164), which also led the ACC, and touchdown receptions (11).
To see the full Athlon Sports release, CLICK HERE.
Virginia Tech has been recognized for the outstanding design of the university’s Indoor Practice Facility. The facility has been honored with three awards from the Design-Build Institute of America’s Mid-Atlantic Region, an organization that teaches and promotes the best practices in design-build.
The facility, built by W.M. Jordan Company – a company whose CEO is John Lawson, a 1975 graduate of Virginia Tech – cost $21.3 million and was finished in the summer of 2015. It possesses all of the features befitting a nationally ranked football program, while also being flexible enough to help certain Olympic sports. HKS Architects + Entertainment designed the facility.
• W.M. Jordan Company received a first place award for building design;
• HKS Sports + Entertainment and the W.M. Jordan Company received the Excellence in Architecture Award; and,
• Virginia Tech was honored with the Outstanding Owner Award.
The facility is one the largest of its kind in the nation at 92,000 square feet. It is 210 feet wide and 400 feet long, and has a synthetic turf that is fast, firm, and dense.
The height from the playing surface to the bottom of the steel ceiling trusses is more than 86 feet at its apex, thus allowing plenty of room for punting and kicking. Its 8-foot padded walls, wide sidelines, full scoreboard, and 40-second clocks on each end allow the football program to hold a full-contact scrimmage.
In addition, the facility features garage-type doors, which open quickly and allow the players to move rapidly from the outdoor practice field into the indoor facility in the event of inclement weather.
The facility also features a video platform that runs the entire length of the field. Three doors at separate locations lead out to observation decks to allow the video staff to film the portions of practice being held outdoors. The head coach also has his own observation deck in the facility, with a door that leads to a deck outside for the observation of the outdoor portion of a practice.
Other sports, such as men’s and women’s soccer, softball, baseball, and lacrosse also use the building for training and conditioning.
The exterior of the building possesses maroon trim and Hokie Stone on the bases of each support column. The archway entrance resembles that at Lane Stadium.
Plus, the university’s core values – brotherhood, honor, leadership, sacrifice, service, loyalty, duty, and Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) – have been etched along the bases of the columns. Architects borrowed this feature from the Pylons above War Memorial Chapel along Tech’s Drillfield.
Design-build is a growing approach in the construction industry where both the design and the construction services are provided by a single contractor. The awards recognize the exemplary utilization of the design-build approach on projects that successfully achieved quality, cost, and schedule goals.
An award presentation will be held in November of 2016 in Tysons Corner, Virginia.
The project will also be submitted to the National Design-Build Institute of America 2016 Design-Build Project/Team Awards competition. Learn more about the facility.
BLACKSBURG – Junior wide receiver Isaiah Ford has been named first team Preseason All-ACC by Athlon Sports, the publication announced on Monday. Ford is one of eight Hokies to be selected to Athlon’s preseason teams.
The Jacksonville, Fla., native caught 75 passes last season and led the ACC with 1,164 yards. The dynamic playmaker also averaged 89.5 receiving per game.
Junior tight end Bucky Hodges and senior defensive end Ken Ekanem, who enters his final season in Blacksburg, were tabbed to Athlon’s second team. Hodges tallied 530 receiving yards and started in all 13 games in 2015 while Ekanem posted 9.5 tackles for loss and led the Hokies with 4.5 sacks.
Athlon’s Preseason All-ACC third team saw three Hokies selected in soph
omore running back Travon McMillian, junior lineman Wyatt Teller and senior defensive back Chuck Clark. Representing Tech on the fourth team were senior offensive lineman Jonathan McLaughlin and junior cornerback Brandon Facyson.
Athlon’s complete list can be found here.
Season tickets for the 2016 season are available online at hokietickets.com, or by calling the Athletics Ticket office at either of these two numbers – 1-800 VA TECH4 or 540-231-6731. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Virginia Tech Athletics Ticket Office during normal business hours. To see Virginia Tech's complete 2016 football schedule, please click here.
Nine minority football coaches, including Virginia Tech’s Galen Scott, have been selected to participate in the 2016 NCAA Champion Forum, a unique professional development opportunity where attendees gain a realistic view of the role of a successful college head football coach and the preparation necessary to become one.
The participants will come together June 13-15 in Dallas in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics convention. The Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and Southeastern Conferences sponsor the program and select the attendees – rising minority coaches in college football who will lead the next generation of head coaches.
"The Champion Forum is an unmatched opportunity, exposing minority football coaches to the latest information and robust experiences, delivered by practiced experts in the field,” said Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of education and community engagement and chief inclusion officer.
The participants simulate the interview process, a core part of the curriculum. Additionally, they engage key decision makers in college sports, including university presidents, directors of athletics, conference commissioners, current and former head coaches, and search firms.
"A tremendous part of the hiring process is predicated on relationships,” Franklin said, “At this forum, the participants learn how to clearly communicate their coaching philosophies and visions of a successful football program so when they get the real interview with a school, they are prepared with the right answers based on having had the right experiences.”
Woodie Dixon, who oversees football for the Pac-12 as the general counsel and senior vice president of business affairs, said the Champion Forum is making a difference as universities look for more diversity in their head coaching ranks.
"The Champion Forum offers great exposure for our top coaches and a platform from which to grow the pool of qualified head coaching candidates,” Dixon said. “The educational value of simulated interviews, in-front-of-camera situations, and meeting with the leading search firms is a great supplement to their on-field knowledge as they progress up the coaching ranks.”
Since its inception in 2006 as the Minority Coaches Forum, 15 minority coaches who were involved in the program have gone on to obtain head coaching jobs. Current head coaches and forum alumni include James Franklin (Penn State), Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M), Derek Mason (Vanderbilt), Darrell Hazell (Purdue), Scottie Montgomery (East Carolina), and Everett Withers (Texas State).
NCAA leadership development, located in Indianapolis, coordinates and facilitates education and training for student-athletes, coaches, and athletics administrators. The staff annually serves as hosts for these programs, at little or no cost to members, using expert curriculum designed to enhance the well-being and personal development of college athletes. The staff also provides ongoing education and topical training to athletics professionals who identify and serve student-athlete needs.
For the complete list of participants, go here: http://on.ncaa.com/25Tzh9d
Virginia Tech football coach Justin Fuente had a recent conversation with hosts Chris Carlin and Gino Torretta on SiriusXM College Nation. The Hokies’ head man discussed the current state of college football, along with his new role with the Hokies. He also shared his thoughts on Frank Beamer and how it feels following a coaching legend at Virginia Tech.
To listen, please click here - http://bit.ly/JFSirius
iHeartMedia Richmond, Virginia Tech and IMG announced Friday a four-year extension to their radio broadcast agreement to air the university’s football games on FOX Sports 910, Richmond’s Sports station. The agreement will also bring the university’s football and men’s basketball coverage to 96.1 The Planet, Richmond’s Classic Rock station, marking the first time the games will simulcast on FM broadcast radio.
The enhanced four-year extension will continue game coverage through the 2020 season and will include pregame shows, play-by-play coverage during games, post game programming and a coaches’ show on FOX Sports 910. In addition, 96.1 The Planet will broadcast its first Virginia Tech football game on Saturday, September 3.
“We’ve been partners with Virginia Tech and IMG for 10 years, and adding sports coverage on an FM signal for the first time is a great way to enhance our partnership,” said Rick Green, Area President of Virginia for iHeartMedia. “In addition to broadcasting Virginia Tech’s games on FOX Sports 910, now we can bring our coverage to even more Hokie fans in the region through 96.1 The Planet.”
“Virginia Tech is thrilled to continue our tremendous partnership with iHeartMedia Richmond and FOX Sports 910,” said Jon Laaser, Director of Broadcast Services for the Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network. “We are continually looking for ways to provide improved sound and reach to Hokie Nation in Richmond. Our new relationship with 96.1 The Planet will achieve that, and we are excited for Hokies to experience Virginia Tech broadcasts that way in the years to come.”
The iHeartMedia Richmond region consists of eight brands, including Mix 98.1, XL102, 106.5 The Beat, Big 98.5, 96.1 The Planet, NewsRadio 1140 WRVA and Fox Sports 910. The iHeartMedia Richmond region is a leading media outlet in Virginia and surrounding areas.
BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech Athletics Department entered into its first year with men’s and women’s basketball staffing support provided by Rhino Sports & Entertainment Services, and through a combined effort, the Virginia Tech ushers were named the “No. 1 Usher Team” in college basketball by Ephus 21, an independent third-party evaluation company.
Ephus 21 is the industry leader in measuring the effectiveness of collegiate athletics programs’ management of the game-day experience through a service named VenueChek. During the 2015-16 basketball season, VenueChek visited more than 30 venues and the Virginia Tech game experience ranked at the top of the list.
This partnership with Rhino resulted in a great experience for Hokies fans and it also provided part-time employment opportunities for approximately 1,000 individuals from Blacksburg, Roanoke, and surrounding areas in Southwest Virginia.
“It makes me proud when we can provide this level of service to a great institution like Virginia Tech, which is what they have been looking for,” Rhino Vice President Brett Hickman said. “We have great staff who enjoy working in a fun environment and that results in a fan-friendly atmosphere. I am excited to continue hiring more part-time employees from the Blacksburg area so that we can achieve similar results during the 2016 football season.”
On Saturday, a job fair and “quick interview” session will be conducted at Roanoke’s Valley View Mall in the West Court. Interested applicants should arrive between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. In addition, Rhino will hold a second job fair on Saturday, May 28 at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition to working with Virginia Tech at Cassell Coliseum and Lane Stadium, Rhino also will assist the Hokies with events at other Virginia Tech venues throughout the year.
“Hiring from the communities that we serve is a priority for us,” Rhino owner Billy D. Prim said. “We want to provide employment opportunities in the local areas that are so important to our partners. Our customer service training not only benefits our clients like Virginia Tech Athletics, but also is a valuable tool for our employees to use in their full-time jobs. Rhino staff will be seamlessly integrated into the game-day experience and proudly say, ‘Go Hokies’ alongside other fans.”
Applicants also may contact the Rhino hiring headquarters by sending an email to employmentVT@rhino-ses.com or by calling 540-784-1955.
Atlanta – Former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer and former Hokies quarterback Cam Young earned $30,000 in scholarship and charity from the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament last week. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will split Team Virginia Tech’s winnings between Herma’s Readers and university scholarships at Virginia Tech.
The duo finished -6 in the event, earning $30,000 in charity winnings. An additional $20,000 was added to the team’s tournament total in honor of Coach Beamer’s retirement from coaching last year and his final appearance in the event.
Of the payout, $35,000 will go to Herma’s Readers. The organization was founded in 2008 by Beamer as a tribute to his mother, Mrs. Herma Beamer, who was an educator for 30 years. The organization’s goal is to promote literacy in the Commonwealth of Virginia. To date, Herma’s Readers has distributed more than 170,000 new and used books to children.
The other $15,000 will go to help provide scholarships at Virginia Tech.
Following its mission to support scholarship and charity at all levels, Peach Bowl, Inc. through its Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge will pay out a total of $540,000 to its 13 participating teams this year, with the winnings being split between a charity of the coach’s choice and scholarships at each university.
“We were honored to host Coach Beamer and Cam Young again for this year’s tournament and congratulate them for their successful efforts,” said Gary Stokan, president and CEO of Peach Bowl, Inc. “We are thrilled to be able to donate $50,000 this year to help both the foundation and the university help others in need. We have now been able to donate $405,000 to Virginia Tech charities through this event since 2007.”
In addition to the $540,000 charity and scholarship purse, another $124,500 was generated for other charitable organizations. Over the last 10 years, the event has contributed a total of $6 million in scholarship and charity, helping make the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl college football’s most charitable bowl game.
In 2015, through its Peach Bowl Cares program, Peach Bowl, Inc. with Chick-fil-A through the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge recorded its ninth straight year of more than $1 million in giving by donating $1.5 million. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has now distributed $19.5 million since 2002, more than any other bowl game.
Frank Beamer has been elected into the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame. He will be officially inducted at the annual OVC Honors Brunch which will be held June 3 in Nashville.
The Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame was organized in 1977 with the intent of honoring the coaches, administrators, faculty and staff that have been associated with the OVC for at least five years and provided extensive and outstanding service to the Conference. With the induction of this year’s class, the membership will reach 79.
Beamer helped put the Murray State football program on the map in the 1980s, spending two years as the defensive coordinator and six years as head coach before leaving to guide Virginia Tech to unprecedented success over 29 seasons before retiring this past year.
Beamer was hired by Mike Gottfried in 1979 and introduced the wide tackle six defense to the Ohio Valley Conference. It immediately made the Racers a national contender as the squad ranked second in the nation in rush defense and fourth in scoring defense his first season; that team ended up being one of four selected to the I-AA playoffs. A year later that defense allowed a nation’s-best 9.1 points per game.
The team of Frank Beamer and former Hokie quarterback Cam Young shot 6-under par and tied for eighth place at the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge, on Tuesday at the Reynolds Lake Oconee Resort outside Atlanta.
The duo won $30,000 for their efforts and the winnings will be split evenly between endowed scholarships at Virginia Tech and foundations or charities of the coach’s choice. They tied the Cincinnati team of Tommy Tuberville and JK Schaffer, finishing five strokes behind the winning team from Ole Miss of head coach Hugh Freeze and Wesley Walls.
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge is the country’s premier head coach and celebrity charity golf event, featuring NCAA head coaches and former athletes and celebrities from the same school competing against their rivals for a share of a $540,000 scholarship purse.
Young also won $5,000 for his charity for being closest to the pin in the Celebrity portion of the Skills Competition.
In addition to the $540,000 charity and scholarship purse, another $124,500 was generated for charitable organizations. Over the last nine years, the event has contributed a total of $6 million in scholarship and charity, helping make the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl college football’s most charitable bowl game.
Beamer and Young finished third among ACC teams. Beamer and Dell Curry won the inaugural event in 2007.
Ben Hilgart, Associate Athletics Director for Strength and Conditioning at Virginia Tech, has been named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa). This honor is the highest given in the strength and conditioning coaching profession, and the ceremony is undoubtedly the highlight of the association’s National Conference each year. Master Strength and Conditioning Coach and CSCCa Executive Director, Dr. Chuck Stiggins, will present Coach Hilgart with the blue MSCC Jacket on Thursday evening, May 5, 2016, at the Fort Worth Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.
“This is an incredible honor for Ben,” says CSCCa Executive Director, Dr. Chuck Stiggins. “Being named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach signifies a commitment to the student athlete, the Virginia Tech Athletic Program, and the strength and conditioning profession. We are honored to have Coach Hilgart as a member of our association and to have him join the ranks of the Master Strength and Conditioning Coaches. He is truly a model of an outstanding strength and conditioning professional.”
In order to receive this certification and corresponding title of distinction, an individual must first meet the following criteria:
1) Hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree;
2) Be a currently practicing, full-time strength & conditioning coach on the collegiate or professional level;
3) Hold current membership in the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa);
4) Hold the CSCCa Certification – SCCC (Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified); and
5) Have a minimum of 12 years experience as a full-time strength and conditioning coach on the collegiate and/or professional level.
Erin Brookshier (a Virginia Tech alum) of WSLS-TV recently sat down with Coach Fuente and his wife, Jenny, for an exclusive interview. In addition to lots of cute photos of the three Fuente girls, one can hear the story of how Coach Galen Scott introduced the couple and why Coach Fuente doesn’t play volleyball with his wife. Please check it out by clicking here.
The Maroon-Orange Spring Game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Current forecasts call for a gorgeous afternoon, with a high temperature of 72 degrees anticipated. With numerous events on campus this weekend and no reserved parking, fans are encouraged to arrive early. The tempo will be fast and furious on the field Saturday with the game expected to last less than 90 minutes. After Coach Fuente addresses the squad following the game, a PA announcement will be made and fans will be permitted on the field to take photos and watch postgame interviews. Fan Appreciation Day has been set for Aug. 14. Fans will have an opportunity at that time to get autographs with coaches and student-athletes.
For all the details you need to know on the spring game, click here.
Thursday evening, Coach Fuente put the squad through its final practice prior to Saturday’s game. In addition to individual drills and fine-tuning team elements for the spring game, the practice had an in-season Friday feel, as the head coach barked out various units on offense, defense, and special teams and the appropriate 11 individual players had to get into formation. For a photo gallery from Thursday’s practice, please look here:
ICYMI – HokieVision just released its fifth and final installment of its Spring All-Access series. The video contains some exclusive interviews with Charley Wiles, Vance Vice and Galen Scott, along with cool practice footage. Make sure to check it out by clicking here.
A large contingent of Virginia Tech students gathered at Lane Stadium on a perfect Tuesday evening to watch the Hokies’ football practice as a part of “Student Day.”
Students gathered on the west side of the stadium to watch the final nine periods of practice. Tech’s Tuesday practice consisted of 21 periods and head coach Justin Fuente saved the most entertaining portions of practice – the team period where the offense and defense face off and the pass skeleton drills with quarterbacks and skill players going against the linebackers and secondary – for the end.
The Voice of the Hokies, Jon Laaser, served as the public address announcer and explained to the students the purpose of each period of practice.
Following practice, Fuente addressed the students with a brief, 67-second speech. Then he invited them down on the field to take “selfies” with the players and coaches.
The purpose of the event was essentially two-fold. The Tech athletics department, and especially the football program, wanted to thank students for their support in the past. Also, the event allowed Fuente, as the new head coach, a public forum in which to reach out to students and encourage them to continue supporting the team.
“I’m overjoyed by the turnout,” Fuente said. “The weather helped us out. I know the students obviously are a huge part of this program. We want them to feel welcome and a part of it.
“I’ve always said that I wanted to have a tangible football program – one that was out in the community and out and about campus. I want one that embraces the culture here. For us, this was a part of it and it was great to see the students turn out.”
The department allotted 15 minutes for the students to take their “selfies,” but most players and coaches stayed well beyond the time limit. Popular defensive coordinator Bud Foster had a long line of students waiting for him and numerous students also waited patiently in lines for prominent players such as tight end Bucky Hodges, quarterback Brenden Motley, defensive end Ken Ekanem and fullback Sam Rogers.
“It’s awesome that these guys are coming out here and supporting us like this,” Rogers said. It feels great that they’re so excited about football and we love having their support. We couldn’t do it without them.”
The football team will go through one more practice on Thursday in preparation for the annual Maroon-Orange Spring Game on Saturday. Fuente said Tuesday that he will not split the team into two squads because of a lack of depth, but instead will go with an offense-versus-defense format and promised plenty of “good-on-good.”
The game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. It will not be televised, but can be heard on the Virginia Tech/IMG Sports Network and on SiriusXM College Sports Nation channel 84.
Here is a photo gallery from the evening:
On a perfect Saturday afternoon, the Virginia Tech football team participated in an intrasquad scrimmage that lasted roughly 100 plays. Several highlights included a touchdown pass from Brenden Motley to Bucky Hodges, touchdown runs by Dwayne Johnson and Jérod Evans in red-zone situations, and a 55-yard field goal by Joey Slye.
For the first time this spring, the quarterbacks were live in a scrimmage. They stayed that way until the final portion of the scrimmage when Justin Fuente and his staff worked on two-minute offense and defense.
Among the notables at the scrimmage was former defensive tackle Luther Maddy, who looks and feels great after knee surgery several months ago. Maddy and several other former Tech players will be participating in another Pro Day on Tuesday. The NFL Draft will take place nine days later on April 28.
The final hour of this upcoming Tuesday practice will be open to Virginia Tech students with a valid ID. Students can enter the stadium beginning at 8 p.m. and will have an opportunity to take selfies with the football student-athletes after practice. For more information, go here.
All Hokies are welcome to attend the Maroon-Orange Spring Game at 2:30 p.m. on April 23. Also, keep in mind that 2016 season tickets are still available to anyone who wishes to purchase. For those interested, please click here.
Finally, check out this photo gallery from Saturday’s practice and scrimmage:
The Virginia Tech football team wrapped up practice No. 11 on Thursday evening and the Hokies now gear up for a closed scrimmage on Saturday. This will be the last scrimmage of the spring before the annual Maroon-Orange Spring Game next Saturday, April 23. The game kicks off at 2:30 p.m.
The quarterbacks have been the focus of most people’s attention this spring, as Justin Fuente and his staff look for a starter. Also, there has been a lot of attention centered on the receivers
But the coaches are also looking for defensive backs to emerge. Brandon Facyson’s injury basically has left the squad with just two experienced corners – Adonis Alexander and Greg Stroman – this spring.
“Adonis and Stroman have been really, really good,” Fuente said. “We’ve got work to do behind those guys.
“The schedule is printed. The tickets are going out. We’ve got to find guys to play. That’s the bottom line. We’ve got to find people who can get the job done. That’s why we’re out there practicing, so that we can get those other guys out there ready to play.”
Cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell has been working diligently with his players this spring. To get an indication of how hard, please check out the latest in our “Mic’d Up” series with Coach Mitchell by clicking here.
Also, students are reminded that they are allowed to attend Tuesday’s practice in Lane Stadium as long as they show a current student ID. Students can enter the stadium beginning at 8 p.m. and will have an opportunity to take selfies with the football student-athletes after practice. For more information, go here.
In closing, here is a photo gallery from Thursday's practice:
Spring returned to Hokie Nation on Tuesday, as the Hokies conducted practice No. 10 of the Justin Fuente era under near-perfect conditions, with evening temperatures nearing 60 degrees.
Before the Hokies hit the field, Fuente addressed the media and indicated that senior quarterback Brenden Motley and JUCO transfer Jérod Evans are currently taking the majority of the reps with the first-team offense. While Fuente was clear that the quarterback competition is far from over, he did shed some light on the progress of his signal callers following his evaluation of last Saturday’s scrimmage.
“At times, they were really efficient, and at times, could have looked a lot better,” Fuente said. “So those two guys have kind of leaped ahead a little bit in terms of where we’re at. It doesn’t mean any decisions have been made. Far from it.”
The head coach left the door open for the other three competing quarterbacks to keep competing.
“It doesn’t mean those other three guys are done or redshirting or anything like that,” Fuente added. “We’re in the infancy of it [QB competition]. But through nine practices, we feel like those guys are ahead."
Fuente also announced that next Tuesday’s practice in Lane Stadium will be open to Virginia Tech students with a current student ID. Students can enter the stadium beginning at 8 p.m. and will have an opportunity to take selfies with the football student-athletes after practice. For more information, go here.
If you missed wide receivers coach Holmon Wiggins Mic’d Up, you should really check it out by clicking on this link.
We also have a photo gallery from Tuesday’s practice:
Blowing snow and blustery conditions may have kept many teams from practicing on Saturday, but thanks to Virginia Tech’s indoor practice facility, Coach Justin Fuente and the Hokies didn’t miss a beat despite an unusual April dusting of snow. Practice No. 9 went on as scheduled, capped by the second scrimmage of the spring.
Among many guests at practice were Felecia and Ferrell Edmunds, parents of current Hokies Terrell and Tremaine. All Hokies are welcome to attend the Maroon-Orange Spring Game at 2:30 p.m. on April 23. The preliminary forecast via accuweather.com calls for sunny and warm conditions on April 23, with an anticipated high of 76 degrees.
2016 Virginia Tech season tickets went on sale to the general public this week. To get in the game with Coach Fuente and the Hokies this season, please go here.
Check out this photo gallery from Saturday’s practice and scrimmage:
Approximately 200 coaches from Virginia and across the region are participating in a three-day coaching clinic sponsored by head coach Justin Fuente and his staff that ends on Saturday. Coaches are participating in classroom sessions with the Virginia Tech staff, observed Thursday’s practice and will be attending Saturday’s scrimmage.
Saturday’s scrimmage is closed to the public, but fans are encouraged to attend the Maroon-Orange Spring Game at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23.
Sales have been brisk as 2016 Virginia Tech season tickets went on sale to the general public earlier. If you haven’t renewed or purchased your tickets yet, join us at Lane Stadium this fall by clicking here.
Assistant head coach Galen Scott was featured in our latest Mic’D Up segment from HokieVision. You can check it out here.
As usual, our photo team compiled a great gallery from Thursday’s practice:
Tuesday evening, the Hokies hit the field for practice No. 7. Head coach Justin Fuente and the squad will conduct 14 practices leading up to the Maroon-Orange Spring Game at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. Current NFL players such as DeAngelo Hall and Tyrod Taylor have already confirmed that they will be in Blacksburg for one of the most-anticipated spring games in recent memory.
Today, 2016 Virginia Tech football season tickets went on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. To
get in the game with Coach Fuente and the Hokies this season, please click here.
If you haven’t checked out our crew from HokieVision having some fun, please check out this video.
Finally, please check out this photo gallery from Tuesday’s practice:
Hokies conclude spring practice No. 6
After scrimmaging in Lane Stadium on Thursday night, head coach Justin Fuente and the Hokies returned to the practice field on Saturday. Fuente put the Hokies through a two-hour workout under sometimes breezy conditions. Only three Saturdays remain until the annual Maroon-Orange spring game at 2:30 p.m. on April 23. Season tickets for the 2016 season go on sale to the general public on April 6, so stay tuned to HokieSports.com and @VT_Football for more details.
• For the entire Virginia Tech spring football update with more notes, a breakdown of the quarterback completion and print-friendly rosters (including 2016 signees), click here.
• For a photo gallery of Practice No. 6, please check out the one below:
Tuesday marked practice No. 4 of the Justin Fuente era at Virginia Tech. Before the squad donned full pads for the first time this spring, Coach Fuente invited a special guest to the workout — former head coach Frank Beamer. Fuente informed the legendary college football figure that the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors had approved the renaming of the team’s locker room as The Frank Beamer Locker Room.
More details on The Frank Beamer Locker Room can be found here - bit.ly/BEAMERlr.
Exclusive video reaction video via HokieVision can be found by clicking here.
Following plenty of hugs and smiles between Beamer and current players, coaches and staff on the Tech roster, the Hokies got down to business with plenty of popping pads during the approximately two-hour evening practice.
Check out this photo gallery with Tuesday’s highlights:
Saturday marked practice No. 3 of Virginia Tech’s 15 spring football practices and it also marked the first day that the Hokies donned the pads. Tech practiced in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts – continuing a process in which the team begins practicing in full pads next week.
One thing that did not change was the fast pace and high intensity of practice. The Hokies were in constant motion, with the offense trying to run plays as fast as possible. Though not out of shape by any means, some players were winded toward the end of practice. The staff expected that and giving the players days off Sunday and Monday (weightlifting only) was part of the plan to let the players’ bodies recover.
Here is a photo gallery with Saturday’s highlights:
Take a listen to Coach Fuente on The Solid Verbal podcast with Dan Rubenstein and Ty Hildenbrandt. Please click the following link - https://soundcloud.com/solidverbal/justin-fuente-3-23-2016
Here are some of the topics they discussed:
• The process that took Fuente from Memphis to Virginia Tech
• What Blacksburg, as a city, offers Fuente and his family that Memphis couldn't
• His initial vision for the program during the interview process
• What he's looking for in the QB battle between Hokie incumbents like Dwayne Lawson and Brenden Motley in addition to newcomers Joshua Jackson and JUCO transfer Jérod Evans
• What the continuity of defensive coordinator Bud Foster means for players already on the roster and for recruiting relationships
• How much he watched of the Hokies’ 2015 season and what he, as a new coach, can glean from game tape
• The process for introducing elements of a faster offensive tempo to a team not used to playing fast
• How he'll measure success in year No. 1
Well-deserved congratulations go to Virginia Tech’s Tom Booth, who was named the ACC Video Coordinator of the Year by the Collegiate Sports Video Association. Booth (left in the photo) is now in contention for the top honor in the nation, the Bob Matey Video Coordinator of the Year Award, which will be announced May 12 at the CSVA national conference in Cincinnati.
Booth, a 1996 graduate of Virginia Tech, has worked in Tech's HokieVision office for the past 16 years. He came back to Blacksburg in 2000 after working as a news and sports videographer for WSLS, an NBC television affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia. He also occasionally filled in as the sports anchor.
Booth served as the head of the football coaches video department for the past several years before transitioning into a new role as an assistant coordinator under new coach Justin Fuente and his staff. Over his career, he has provided video content on the video scoreboards at Lane Stadium and Cassell Coliseum, and from 2005-13, he directed video scoreboard production on football game days. He also has assisted all other sports with any audiovisual needs.
Booth is the first individual from Virginia Tech to win this accolade. Everyone associated with Virginia Tech Athletics and HokieVision appreciates his dedication to the Hokies and applauds him on representing us and so well.
The Virginia Tech football team held its first spring practice under new coach Justin Fuente on Tuesday evening, as the Hokies embarked on the NCAA-allotted 15 practices. The Hokies practiced in helmets and short and will do so over the next few practices before putting on full pads.
“I think everybody’s just anxious to finally get to do what we love to do,” Fuente said. “Like I’ve said many times, I think this is the best time of year for any football coach. There are no games. It’s all about individual player development and team development. There are no scout cards or scout teams. It’s just good vs. good and trying to create an identity and develop some players.”
Tech is practicing on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the evenings because of class conflicts and the Hokies are also practicing on Saturday mornings, all leading up to the spring game.
Several former players attended the first spring practice, including Luther Maddy, Dadi Nicolas, J.C. Coleman and Kendall Fuller. All four will be staying in Blacksburg to train and work out for NFL teams in preparation for late April’s NFL Draft.
The Hokies resume practice on Thursday. The annual Maroon-Orange game will be held April 23 at 2:30 p.m.
Here is a photo gallery of the evening’s practice: