BLACKSBURG, Va. (WAVY/WFXR) — Virginia Tech officially introduced their new head football coach on Thursday morning.
Brent Pry spoke with the media after being hired on Tuesday. Pry flew into Blacksburg for his official introduction to the Hokie community Thursday morning. The former Penn State defensive coordinator takes over after Tech parted ways with ex-head coach Justin Fuente after six seasons.
Pry was Tech graduate assistant under Frank Beamer and Bud Foster from 1995-97. Beamer told WFXR that he’s excited for Pry to take over and bring new life to the program.
According to Virginia Tech Athletics Director Whit Babcock, Pry was the first one to be interviewed for the job and fit all the traits for the university’s ideal candidate. On top of that, Pry had Virginia roots and a strong connection with Virginia Tech.
In addition, of the 15 bowl games Pry coached in throughout his career, three were with Virginia Tech.
Pry thanked his family — including his father, Jim Pry, a longtime college and high school coach — along with former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster, and Penn State head coach James Franklin for being so supportive of his career over the years.
When it comes to recruitment, Pry plans to recruit heavily around Virginia, focusing on finding people who want to be at Virginia Tech and understand what the Hokies are all about.
Pry also highlighted the importance of maintaining relationships with former players, high school coaches, and the whole Hokie community.
Many Hokie fans are excited Pry is rejoining the Blacksburg university’s athletics department, with some saying this choice could be the key to winning more games.
“I think what his plan is, how he plans on recruiting for Virginia Tech, he was here when we had some good success, so I think he has got a format for it for what he wants to do, and I think he’s probably figured it out,” Beamer told WFXR News.
You can watch the full press conference above.