Gentry Named Samson's Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year
Equipment company honors Hokie Assistant Athletic Director
March 29, 2005

BLACKSBURG - Mike Gentry, Virginia Tech's assistant athletic director for athletic performance, was named the second-annual Samson Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year in the March issue of American Football Monthly.

The Las Cruces, New Mexico based equipment company and AFM selected Gentry from a collection of coaches across the country in order to give recognition to the hardworking professionals working to improve their athletes' performance.

Gentry came to Virginia Tech in 1987 with head coach Frank Beamer, and has been overseeing the strength and conditioning programs ever since. Under his tutelage, Hokie athletes have earned a reputation as being some of the best physical conditioned and most explosive performers in the nation.

During his 18 seasons, he has guided the development of football players such as Michael Vick, DeAngelo Hall, Kevin Jones, Corey Moore, Jake Grove and 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year Bryan Randall.

In 2003, the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches honored Gentry, naming him a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach. Gentry is currently one of only 36 coaches in the country to have received the CSCC's highest award.

A native of Durham, N.C., Gentry received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Western Carolina in 1979 and received his master's from North Carolina in 1981. He received his doctorate in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis in motor behavior, from Virginia Tech in 1999.