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Virginia Tech Hires Hokie Star D-lineman J.C. Price to Coach the DL: More Hokies Come Home

Well, we had to wonder who was going to replace Darryl Tapp as he heads to the Bay Area. It was one of those left hanging moments. And then word came in, today, that Hokie great J.C. Price was headed back home to Blacksburg. YES!!!! Great Hire!! GO HOKIES!!!

Waiting for the Sandman
John Schneider - SB Nation

Marshall is Going Shopping in the Coaching “Portal”

Remember the disaster of 2018, and the makeup game with Marshall that got the team back on their feet, and ended up being a fun day at a relatively empty Lane Stadium? We talked about their assistant Defensive Coordinator being a Hokie Defensive line star from back in the mid to late 90’s (specifically the terrific ‘95 defense)?

Well, it looks like J.C. Price is coming home to Blacksburg. He and his family will be making the long trip down 77 and up 81 - don’t speed in the overlap, J.C. They nab ya.

Normally you’d have to say that Price had to fill big shoes, but he’s got a decade of solid coaching experience, he was a mentor to Darryl Tapp, and learned from the best - like his fellow defensive coaches and staff members; Bud Foster.

Price’s official title is: Co-Defensive Line Coach/Defensive Recruiting Coordinator

“J.C. played an integral role in establishing Tech’s winning tradition and helping the Hokies earn a place on the national stage. We’re not only adding a coach who owns nearly two decades of coaching experience, but J.C. also brings another talented recruiter to our ranks. He possesses a long history of strong relationships with high school coaches across Virginia, particularly in the 757, Richmond and Northern Virginia. He’ll be great fit with the rest of our staff and I know our players will respect what J.C. has accomplished both as a player and a coach.” - Justin Fuente

So, J.C. Price is no coaching neophyte. Besides his stint with Marshall and their mid-major success story, he was a first rate defensive coach for JMU for 8 years (2004-2011). During that time they won some serious awards including an FCS Championship.

Welcome back home Coach Price!

In added news of deck shuffling in the coaching staff, Price is being joined in the Recruiting position by Adam Lechtenberg. In addition to Lechtenberg receiving a new set of responsibilities, Coach Ryan Smith will be coordinating the passing game, besides coaching the Cornerbacks.

There might be some more shuffling around, but from the looks of things Justin Fuente is working hard to get former Hokie football players in the door and on the staff.

It will be interesting to see what happens in regard to a real spring football schedule. The team really needs it, and now with a coaching shuffle that might not be complete, they certainly need it, too.