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Jon Tenuta set to join the Virginia Tech Staff

By Evan Norris | February 15
Jon Tenuta during a UVA practice

Announced on Monday afternoon, longtime coach Jon Tenuta will be joining the Virginia Tech Football Program as a senior defensive analyst. The Virginia Tech Hokie's Twitter posted the announcement on their platform.

Jon Tenuta is a 40-year coaching veteran who has made his way across the entire scope of college football. The most notable programs Tenuta has been able to be a part of are Ohio State, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, and Virginia. He has filled many roles on many coaching staffs with everything ranging from an acting head coach to a positions group coach, Tenuta has done it all.

Many Hokie fans already have at least a small idea of who Jon Tenuta is, with his son Luke Tenuta playing on the offensive line for the Hokies. He marks his son's playing on the Hokies as one of the main reasons he took the job offered to him at Virginia Tech.

The history between Jon Tenuta and Coach Fuente reaches back before the relationship built over the recruitment of Luke Tenuta. Both Tenuta and Fuente were a part of the Oklahoma Football Program back in 1995, when Tenuta was coaching the defense and Fuente was playing quarterback for the Sooners. And although they didn't have a tight bond at Oklahoma, knowing they have been around some of the same players and coaches in the past only helps bring them together.

Hiring Jon Tenuta was made by the program to alleviate some of the game preparation duties for the coaching staff leading up to gameday. Mainly, Jon will be responsible for breaking down practice film, game film, and player film in preparation for games to help the coaching staff make needed adjustments. A former staff member who held a very similar role would be Jerry Kill for the offense, who left the Hokies after the 2019 season.

This is a much needed hire for the Hokies to help play catch up with some of the larger programs in terms of support staff. And although he may be a University of Virginia Alum, you have to credit Jon Tenuta for his sturdy track record and the experience he will bring to the Virginia Tech Program.