Welcome Home! Brent Pry Announced as Virginia Tech Head Coach
Virginia Tech has announced that Penn State DC Brent Pry will be the next head coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies.
The news first began trickling out earlier this morning with national reporters such as Pete Thamel, Brett McMurphy, and Bruce Feldman breaking the news that Tech was working on finalizing a deal to bring Pry to Blacksburg.
BREAKING Va Tech is expected to hire Penn State DC Brent Pry as its new head coach, per source.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 30, 2021
Like many in Hokie Nation the first thought was who? Pry was not mentioned in the lists many had thought of as potential candidates.
Here at Sons of Saturday we will have a much more in-depth article coming out later on Pry, but for now here are some basic tidbits about him:
- 51 years old
- From Altoona, Pennsylvania
- Played safety at Maryville College (1988) and Buffalo (1989-1991)
- Virginia Tech grad assistant from 1995-1997
- First coordinator position was at Louisiana-Lafayette from 2002-2006
- Has been Penn State's defensive coordinator since 2014
Pry brings experience that includes incredible recruiting in the Mid-Atlantic region. Pry was the one who brought Micah Parsons to Penn State, who went on to be an All-American and the 12th overall pick as a linebacker/pass rusher in the 2021 NFL Draft. Pry has also pulled many highly touted VA recruits such as Brandon Smith (5 star) and Devyn Ford (4 star).
Pry's defenses at Penn State have been stout. They ranked seventh in the nation in scoring defense in 2017, first in the country in sacks in 2018, eighth in scoring defense in 2019 as well as fifth nationally in rush defense, and first nationally in forced fumbles.
It appears the Hokies are getting back to their roots.