Virginia Tech Athletics Department

    Blacksburg, VA 24061

    John Ballein
    Senior Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations and Sports Performance
    Executive Staff
    (540) 231-3357 :: Send Email

    Responsibilities: Ballein serves as the sport administrator for the baseball and women’s basketball programs.  In addition, Ballein oversees the strength and conditioning, nutrition, and equipment services, programs for each of Tech’s athletic teams.

    Joined VT Athletics Staff: 1987

    At Virginia Tech: Ballein began his career as a 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 2000-15.

    Prior to Virginia Tech: Ballein served as a teacher and football, basketball, and track coach at Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth, Va., in 1983-84, and then served as teacher and coached football, basketball, and baseball, 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 (Masters 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; The Mon Valley Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.  Ballein excelled at football and went on to play linebacker at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

    Personal: A native of Bentleyville, Pa., Ballein is married to the former Stephanie Green, a Hokie basketball player in her undergraduate days and current Senior Associate Director of Athletics at Radford University. They have two daughters, Jordan Gray, a junior at Radford University, and Jalyn Ann, a freshman at Georgia Southern University.

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