Cavanaugh Earns Promotion
Football coach promoted to recruiting coordinator
December 19, 2001

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer announced Wednesday the promotion of strong safety/outside linebackers coach Jim Cavanaugh to the position of recruiting coordinator. Cavanaugh, who will still coach his current positions, takes over the duties formerly held by Bryan Stinespring, who will take over as offensive coordinator in January.

"I am honored and thrilled that Coach Beamer and the staff have the confidence in me to let me play a more prominent role in our recruiting process," Cavanaugh said.

The 53-year-old Cavanaugh is completing his sixth season at Virginia Tech and will coach in his 18th bowl game on Jan. 1, 2002 when the Hokies take on Florida State in the Toyota Gator Bowl.

"Jim works very hard at recruiting and is extremely good at it," Beamer said. "No one knows more coaches and has more trust from the coaches than Jim Cavanaugh. He's got some good ideas that can help us in our recruiting and we want to take advantage of those ideas."

A veteran of 28 years as a full-time coach on the collegiate level, Cavanaugh joined the Tech staff in 1996 as coach of the strong safeties and outside linebackers. During his first season on the job, outside linebacker Brandon Semones led the team in tackles and earned second-team All-BIG EAST honors.

Cavanaugh has since helped in the development of highly-successful safeties Pierson Prioleau and Cory Bird. Prioleau was a first-team All-BIG EAST pick in 1997 and 1998 and earned third-team All-America recognition from The Sporting News in '97. He was a fourth-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 1999. Bird was tabbed a second-team All-BIG EAST pick and was named to ESPN The Magazine's All-America team following the 2000 season. He was selected in the third-round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.

Along with his success in developing the Hokies' current talent, Cavanaugh has also been instrumental in bringing top-notch new talent to the Tech program. Over the past four years, his recruiting skills have helped the Hokies attract, among others, prep All-Americans Michael Vick, Nathaniel Adibi and Bryan Randall.

The 1970 graduate of William & Mary is married to the former Marsha Carnell. They have two children, Ryan, an Appalachian State graduate who works for the Indianapolis Colts and married Melissa Searls in June; and Lauren, who is a senior at Virginia Tech.