Virginia Tech Athletics Department
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Responsibilities: Ballein handles all administrative and operational duties related to the football program.
Joined VT Athletics Staff: 1987
At Virginia Tech: Ballein began his career a as graduate assistant coach in 1987 on Frank Beamer’s first Virginia Tech staff; departmental recruiting coordinator (1989-1996); assistant director of athletics for football operations (1996-2000); associate AD for football operations since 2000.
Prior to Virginia Tech: Ballein served as a teacher and football coach at Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth, Va., in 1983-84, and then at Western Branch High in Chesapeake, Va., in 1985-86.
Education: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1983 (B.S. in health and physical education); Old Dominion University, 1987 (master’s of education); Virginia Tech, 2006 (doctorate of education).
Of Note: Ballein’s accomplishments as a multifaceted athlete at Bentworth High School (football, baseball and wrestling) led to his induction into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (Washington-Greene Chapter) in 2013; Ballein excelled at football and went on to play linebacker at UIP.
Personal: A native of Bentleyville, Pa., Ballein is married to the former Stephanie Green, a Hokie basketball player in her undergraduate days. They have two daughters, Jordan Gray and Jalyn Ann.