Virginia Tech announced today that former Hokie DB and Super Bowl champion Pierson Prioleau has been added to the coaching staff.
Prioleau has been hired to be the Director of Player Development - Defense, a role previously held by Justin Hamilton before his promotion to safeties coach. Since retiring from the NFL in 2011 after a 12-year career, Prioleau has been the defensive coordinator for Radford High School.
Justin Fuente had this to say about the hiring of Pierson Prioleau in a press release on the hiring.
“Pierson (Prioleau) will serve as a valuable resource for our players and coaches with his experience as a former student-athlete at Virginia Tech, along with his NFL experience and background working in education following his playing career,” Fuente said. “Pierson possesses valuable relationships with coaches across our region in addition to lifelong bonds with his former teammates that make him an ideal candidate to serve as an ambassador for our program.”
In 12 years in the NFL, Prioleau played for five different franchises making 50 career starts and winning Super Bowl XLIV with the New Orleans Saints. Before then, Prioleau was a star at Virginia Tech earning All Big East First Team honors as a senior captain for the Hokies in 1998 while being a part of some of the Virginia Tech teams that helped make the Hokies a national power.
Pierson Prioleau should provide some valuable experience in the defensive back room fitting well in the role left by Justin Hamilton not only because of his NFL experience but also because of his experience from being a part of Virginia Tech's rise in the 1990s. Prioleau has a great football mind and this role should be a great transition for him as he enters the collegiate coaching ranks after spending time coaching high school football.
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