The Virginia Tech football program made a big acquisition this off-season on today.
On Monday, the Hokies announced that they had come to terms with football coach Justin Fuente on a contract extension that will keep the the ball coach not he payroll for the next seven years. Not bad for someone who’d only coached at the school for a year.
In his lone season at Virginia Tech, the Hookies brass saw a turnaround in more than just the overall record.
The culture and tone around campus was different. There was buzz, intrigue and excitement about what the Hookies might be capable of doing. They didn’t disappoint, as coach Fuentes had his boys ready to play every Saturday and finished the season with a 10-4 record and a Belk Bowl victory.
Fuente’s first head coaching job came with the Memphis Tigers, for whom he served in the role for a total of four years. In those four years, he took a team that finished 2-10 the year before he arrived, and coached them to a double-digit win season and first bowl victory in eight years.
It appears that Virginia Tech believes a similar course is possible at the school, and they wanted to lock up their wunderkind coach long-term.
According to the the Roanoke Times, the contract is a sizable pay upgrade for Fuentes and his family. The total value of the contract is $25.9 million; he will be making as much as $4 million per season by the end of the contract.