Penn State Defensive Coordinator Brent Pry Named New Head Coach at Virginia Tech

By RLR Staff on November 30, 2021 at 9:07 am
Oct 23, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Brent Pry looks on against the Illinois Fighting Illini during overtime at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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Update (12:05 p.m.): Virginia Tech has officially named Brent Pry the next head coach of the Hokies.

In the days since James Franklin signed his new 10-year contract with Penn State, the college football coaching silly season has gone off of the skids. On the heels of Lincoln Riley heading to USC and Brian Kelly to LSU, the Nittany Lions appear to be on the verge of losing a long time assistant. Defensive coordinator Brent Pry is reportedly set to be named Virginia Tech's new coach according to Yahoo's Pete Thamel.

Pry joined James Franklin's first staff at Vanderbilt in 2011 as the Commodore's co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. He made the move to State College with Franklin in 2014 with the same titles. When former defensive coordinator Bob Shoop left for the same job with Tennessee following the 2015 season, Pry took over the defensive coordinator role, which he has held for the last six seasons.

A native of Altoona, PA, Pry has led a consistently strong Nittany Lion defense. This year's edition may have been his best work to date. Despite giving up 30 points in Saturday's season finale vs. Michigan State, Penn State's defense finished in the top-10 in scoring. 

One name to keep an eye on as a possible member of Pry's Virginia Tech staff would be defensive line coach John Scott Jr. The second-year Penn State coach has a lengthy history with Pry, and could potentially follow him to Blacksburg.