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Clintwood native Justin Hamilton named Hokies' defensive coordinator

Staff • Dec 8, 2019 at 12:59 PM

BLACKSBURG — Clintwood native Justin Hamilton is being promoted to defensive coordinator — taking the helm of the Hokies’ defense from the retiring Bud Foster — Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente announced Sunday.

Hamilton coached safeties for the Hokies this year and will continue in that role in addition to his new responsibilities, according to the news release.

"I'm honored, humbled and beyond excited about this opportunity," Hamilton said. "I appreciate the faith and trust that Coach Fuente has placed in me. I understand and appreciate the responsibility that comes with this position. I was raised in this game by Frank Beamer and Bud Foster. Virginia Tech football will always be part of my identity. No one can ever fill Bud's shoes, but we are going to strive to play tough, aggressive defense just like we always have here at Tech. I'm indebted to Coach Fuente to get to continue coaching at a place I love very dearly. We're going to do everything we can to uphold the Virginia Tech standard on the defensive side of the ball."

Hamilton served as a versatile player for Frank Beamer, Bud Foster and the Hokies from 2002-05. He spent time working at running back, wide receiver and defensive back for Tech, in addition to playing a prominent role on special teams before going on to play in the National Football League.

"Justin has earned this opportunity to lead our defense and our football team," Fuente said. "Everyone in our program has a great deal of respect for him and his abilities. Coach Foster has reiterated to me on several occasions that Justin is ready for this next step in his coaching career. I feel the same way and am convinced he's exactly the right fit for this role at Virginia Tech....”

Fuente also confirmed on Sunday that assistant coaches Zohn Burden and Brian Mitchell will not return to the Virginia Tech coaching staff.

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