January 25, 2022

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Hokies hire former Virginia Cavaliers TE Fontel Mines as new WRs coach

Virginia Tech football hired Fontel Mines as the Hokies’ new offensive recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach, the team announced Wednesday. Mines spent the 2021 season as Old Dominion’s tight ends coach. He played college football at Virginia before playing in the NFL with the Chicago Bears for three seasons from 2007-09.

Mines also has coaching stops at Richmond, Delaware, James Madison and East Carolina.

“Thank you to East Carolina University for allowing my family and I to be a part of Pirate Nation for the last two years,” he wrote last year upon announcing his departure from ECU. “Thank you to Coach Houston for believing in me these past four years, we have created memories that I will cherish forever. To my players, words can never describe the impact you’ve made in my life. As coaches we strive to change lives, but I’ve learned to appreciate the players that have changed mine. Thank you!”

Mines joins a fully completed Virginia Tech staff, which features Tyler Bowen (Jacksonville Jaguars, offensive coordinator/tight ends coach), Brad Glenn (Georgia Southern, quarterbacks coach, passing game coordinator), Stu Holt (Louisville, running backs coach/special teams coordinator) and Joe Rudolph (Wisconsin, assistant head coach/offensive line, run game coordinator).

A four-year letter winner at wide receiver at Virginia, Mines caught 68 passes in his career for 737 yards and five touchdowns. At UVA, he played on two bowl championship teams — the 2003 Continental Tire Bowl and the 2005 Music City Bowl.

During newly hired head coach Brent Pry’s introductory press conference, Pry talked about his plan for the Hokies moving forward.

“We’re going to recruit our footprint,” Pry said. “We’ll recruit everywhere but our footprint is our emphasis. There’s a sense of pride on this football team for a lot of years about the guys from the state of Virginia coming here and being successful. I know what it meant to Coach and I’ll never forget when he said, ‘I want to recruit guys that can drive in here with their families. It’s not going to be easy and when the tough times come, I want those moms and dads and coaches to be here.’ This is a journey for these young men together. As coaches, as family members to help them be successful. We’re going to recruit our footprint, We’ll dive in with a state of emphasis on Virginia. I know how good this state has been to Virginia Tech. I’ve had a bunch of former players reach out to me in regards to that. We’re going to work our tails off to bring those Virginia kids to Blacksburg. We’ve had a little success doing that to Happy Valley, but I think it’ll be a little easier here.”

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Isaac Trotter contributed to this report.

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