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Virginia Tech football: Hokies add Charles Simmons to strength and conditioning staff

Virginia Tech adds another coach to its strength and conditioning staff.

NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at North Carolina Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest questions facing Justin Fuente after being named the head coach in November 2015 was who he would hire as the team’s strength and conditioning coach? The Hokies had one of the better ones in college football over the last 20 years in the retiring Mike Gentry.

Instead of Fuente choosing someone he was familiar with, he hired Ben Hilgart away from New Mexico. Well, if you follow Virginia Tech football closely you’d notice the work Hilgart has done with numerous players over the past year.

Star defensive back Terrell Edmunds.

And, defensive tackle Ricky Walker.

As we know, what happens in the gym doesn’t always translate onto the football field, however, it’s apparent the Hokies are in good hands with Hilgart. Numerous players are touting the second-year strength coach for helping transform their bodies.

Over the weekend, Virginia Tech announced a new hire to its strength and conditioning program as Charles Simmons accepted the position of assistant director of strength and conditioning to work under Hilgart. Simmons has worked with Texas, Baylor and Cal thus far in his young career.

It’s encouraging to see the Hokies continuing to add to their football staff as they look to rejoin the nation’s elite programs.