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Brent Pry ready to go as Virginia Tech's new head football coach

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Coach Pry (center) flanked by Athletic Director Whit Babcock (left) and school president Tim Sands (right) at Thursday's press conference.

There’s a new man in charge of the Virginia Tech football team. Brent Pry was introduced at a press conference Thursday.

Pry has been with Penn State since 2014. But he went to high school in Lexington and also spent time early in his career as a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech under Hall of Fame coach Frank Beamer and longtime defensive coordinator Bud Foster.

An emotional Pry – who’s been coaching for more than 30 years, but never as a head coach – said Thursday he wasn’t sure he’d ever venture out to be the top guy.

“It took this place to do it," he said. "It took what coach [Beamer] built and Bud and so many others to be the right place for me.” 

Pry is already working to fill out his staff – including an offensive coordinator. The program is also trying to keep its projected top-25 recruiting class for next year together – something that’s always in question when a school changes coaches.

Recruiting is a vital part of today’s college football – and Pry said he intends to focus on Virginia players.

“I know how good this state has been to Virginia Tech," explained Pry. "I’ve had a ton of former players reach out to me in regards to that. And we’re gonna work our tails off to bring those Virginia kids to Blacksburg.” 

Pry will make four million dollars per year for his first two seasons in Blacksburg.

RADIO IQ is a service of Virginia Tech. 

Nick Gilmore is a meteorologist, news producer and reporter/anchor for RADIO IQ. Nick joined the newsroom in 2016 and forecasts the weather for most of the state. He also works to get RADIO IQ’s award-winning journalism ready for broadcast.