30-year coaching veteran Brent Pry named head coach of VT Football

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Posted at 11:52 AM, Nov 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-30 15:55:58-05

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech President Tim Sands and Director of Athletics Whit Babcock announced on Tuesday that Brent Pry has accepted the Virginia Tech Football head coaching position.

Pry served the past eight seasons as defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Penn State. He returns to Blacksburg after working as a defensive graduate assistant for the Hokies from 1995-97 under head coach Frank Beamer and defensive coordinator Bud Foster.

Pry will be formally introduced to Hokie Nation at 9 a.m. Thursday.

"Laura and I are looking forward to cheering on Coach Pry and the Hokies under his direction," President Sands said. "We are pleased to welcome him back to Blacksburg. Coach Pry understands what it means to be a Hokie, and now he will have the opportunity to lead our team into Lane Stadium while Hokie Nation jumps to 'Enter Sandman.' Coach Pry owns an exemplary record during his previous coaching stops, and we expect that he and his family will call Blacksburg home for many seasons. We wish them the very best as we embark on this journey together."

Two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press early Tuesday morning that Virginia Tech is finalizing a deal to make Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry its next head coach.

The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because details were still being worked out and neither school was prepared to make a formal announcement. Pry has been with Penn State since 2014, first as co-defensive coordinator before becoming the sole defensive coordinator in 2016.

Penn State has ranked in the top five in defense in the Big Ten every season since he has been there. Justin Fuente left Virginia Tech earlier this month after he went 43-31 in six seasons with the Hokies.