By Marty Gordon
Virginia Tech is losing its quarterbacks coach as Brad Glenn has been named the offensive coordinator at the University of Cincinnati. He will rejoin Cincinnati coach Scott Satterfield, with whom he was on the staff at Appalachian State from 2005-2008.
Glenn served as Virginia Tech’s quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator in 2022 and has held offensive coordinator roles at both Western Carolina and Georgia State. He replaces Tom Manning, who recently left Cincinnati to join the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL.
Coach Brent Pry said he wanted to congratulate Glenn on his new opportunity at Cincinnati as offensive coordinator. “I realize the longstanding relationship Brad has with Coach Satterfield from his time at Appalachian State,” Pry said. “We are thankful for Brad and support him in this career opportunity. We are appreciative of his family’s time as Hokies. I wish them all the best.”.
On Tuesday, Virginia Tech announced contract extensions for four current coaches: Chugger Adair (women’s soccer), Mike Brizendine (men’s soccer), Sergio Lopez Miro (swimming and diving) and Tony Robie (wrestling). They have all agreed to terms that will keep them in Blacksburg through 2028.
Athletic Director Whit Babcock said he firmly believes the best days in Blacksburg are ahead, and in a statement said these head coaches are a part of the university’s optimism.
“Each of them has built successful programs, while being committed to providing a first-class experience for our student-athletes,” Babcock said. “We’re proud to call them Hokies and look forward to the continued success of their programs under their respective leadership.”
Adair was named Virginia Tech’s fourth-ever head coach for women’s soccer in 2010, and with an overall record of 148-75-24, he already sits atop the Hokies’ all-time wins list in program history. Of the 12 years leading Tech women’s soccer, Adair has made the NCAA Tournament nine times.
Headlining that stretch was the Hokies’ first-ever College Cup appearance in 2013. Tech has achieved an overall NCAA Tournament record of 11-9-1 with Adair at the helm, having made Sweet 16 appearances in 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2018. In 2021, Emily Gray became the highest all-time National Women’s Soccer League draft pick from Tech when she was chosen third overall by the North Carolina Courage.
Gray joined former Tech legends Jazmine Reeves (2014) and Mandy McGlynn (2020) as the only three NWSL draft selections in program history (all developed by Adair). Tech’s only three All-Americas have also been under Adair’s tutelage: Reeves (First Team, 2013), Murielle Tiernan (Third Team, 2015) and McGlynn (Second Team, 2019). Three of the program’s four Academic All-Americans: Katie Yensen (Third Team, 2014), McGlynn (First Team, 2019) and Gray (Third Team, 2021) have also occurred while Adair was the head coach. In 2019, Adair became only the 10th women’s soccer head coach in the ACC to reach 100 wins..
Brizendine has arguably led the most promising era of Virginia Tech men’s soccer as head coach since 2009.
From 2016-2021, Brizendine set program records in NCAA Tournament appearances (six) and wins (nine), all while progressing past at least the first round each year – a feat accomplished by only two other teams (Indiana and Wake Forest) in that span. In 2016, the Hokies marched to the ‘Elite Eight’ in a run that included wins over No. 10 Charlotte and No. 7 Indiana.
Lopez Miro was named head coach of Virginia Tech’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving program in May of 2018, and he has since helped re-establish the Hokies as a force in the pool.
In 2021, the former Olympic bronze medalist led Tech to a breakout season with the men’s squad finishing a program-best 11th at the NCAA championships.
The women’s team enjoyed its second-best all-time placement, finishing 21st overall. After a 2022 season that saw five swimmers earn All-American honors between both squads, Lopez Miro’s athletes have set 43 school records with 359 top-10 program performances.
The Tech men are coming off a runner-up showing at the 2023 ACC championships, their highest finish since 2014, headlined by Youssef Ramadan’s winning the league’s most valuable swimmer for the second year in a row.
Robie came to Blacksburg in 2006 and has been an integral part in establishing Virginia Tech as a powerhouse wrestling program, taking over as head coach in 2017.
Upon his head coaching debut, he became the first coach in ACC history to start his career with two consecutive regular-season titles. Robie has led the program to new heights in his six-year career at Tech, capturing five ACC titles (three dual meet and two tournament), and the program’s first undefeated season in 2020-21 since 1956-57, finishing at 9-0.
A three-time ACC Coach of the Year recipient, he has cultivated individual accolades on the national landscape as well, developing Mekhi Lewis (165 pounds) into the Hokies’ first-ever individual wrestling national champion in 2019.
In 2020-21, the program rose up the ranks to the No. 3 spot in the National Wrestling Coaches of America Coaches Poll, the highest rank under Robie and tied for the highest in program history.
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