Rickey Bustle, who is highly-regarded for his ability to develop quarterbacks and high-scoring offenses, is in his 14th season as Virginia Tech's quarterbacks coach and eighth year as the Hokies' offensive coordinator.
Over the past two seasons, Bustle has had a No. 1 offense, followed by a No. 1 draft pick. In 1999, Tech's offensive unit averaged a national-best 41.4 points per game as the Hokies advanced to the national championship game. Following the 2000 season, Tech quarterback Michael Vick was the first player taken in the NFL draft.
During his stay at Tech, Bustle has coached some of the school's most successful quarterbacks, including Vick, who many consider the most talented quarterback ever to play the game.
In two seasons at Tech, Vick posted a 20-1 record as a starter. Bustle also helped develop Maurice DeShazo, the Hokies' all-time leader in total offense and touchdown passes; Will Furrer, who passed for over 5,900 yards; and Jim Druckenmiller, who was a two-time All-BIG EAST pick and guided the Hokies to back-to-back 10-2 seasons.
In Bustle's seven seasons as offensive coordinator, the Hokies have fielded seven of the eight highest-scoring teams in school history, posted a 67-17 record and won three BIG EAST Conference Championships. The Hokies have been to a bowl every year Bustle has been the offensive coordinator, including last season's appearance in the Toyota Gator Bowl.
Bustle, who also has earned a reputation as an outstanding recruiter, came to Tech with Coach Frank Beamer in 1987 as the Hokies' quarterback coach. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1993 and directed the '93 offensive unit that scored a then-school-record 400 points and rolled over Indiana, 45-20, in the Independence Bowl. In 1994, Bustle accepted the position of offensive coordinator at the University of South Carolina. He helped the Gamecocks to a 7-5 record that included a Carquest Bowl win over West Virginia.
After just one season away from Blacksburg, Bustle decided to rejoin the Tech staff and helped the Hokies to a 10-2 record and a Sugar Bowl win over Texas. In 1999, Tech set school marks for total offense (4,970 yards) and points (455).
Bustle was a four-sport athlete at Summerville High School in South Carolina and earned three varsity letters as a wide receiver at Clemson. Following his graduation in 1977, he coached two seasons as a graduate assistant for the Tigers.
In 1979, he became defensive coordinator for Gardner-Webb College in North Carolina. He joined the staff at East Carolina in 1980, serving two seasons as the Pirates' defensive backfield coach and one year as the receivers coach.
In 1983, Bustle became the running backs coach for the Arizona Wranglers of the USFL. The following year, he joined the staff at Northeast Louisiana, where he served as the running backs coach for two seasons before becoming the offensive coordinator in 1986.
Bustle is married to the former Lynn Sanders of Charleston, S.C., who received her Ph.D., in curriculum and instruction from Tech in December 1997. They have a son, Brad, who is 14 years old.
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