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Lots of Action this June for Tech Sports
by Chris Coleman,

It has been an exciting month of June for Virginia Tech sports, in case you haven't been keeping up. The men's soccer coach resigned and a replacement was hired, Seth Greenberg hired a new assistant to replace the departed Stacey Palmore, and two Hokies were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.

Virginia Tech men's soccer coach Oliver Weiss resigned effective June 2, 2009. In seven years at Tech, Weiss helped propel the men's soccer program to new heights. He posted an overall record of 72 wins, 52 losses and 7 ties. In 2007, Weiss led the Hokies to the College Cup, the soccer equivalent of the Final Four, before falling in the national semifinals to Wake Forest.

Weiss has been replaced by his top assistant, Mike Brizendine. Brizendine is a native of Virginia. He played at James Madison from 1995 through 1998. He played professionally for the Roanoke Wrath and the Northern Virginia Royals.

Brizendine began his coaching career as an assistant at Bridgewater in 2000 before taking over as the head coach in 2001. His 2002 and 2003 teams posted a combined record of 23-13, and he was the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2003.

On the basketball front, head coach Seth Greenberg has hired Bill Courtney to take over the spot on the staff vacated by Stacey Palmore, who accepted at job at Georgia. Courtney was an assistant to Dave Leitao at Virginia last season. He accepted a job at Virginia Commonwealth in April, but left VCU to take the opening at Virginia Tech.

Besides UVA, Courtney has previous coaching experience at George Mason, Providence, Bowling Greene and American. He spent eight years as Jim Larranaga's associate head coach at George Mason, helping turn the Patriots into one of the top programs in the CAA.

With so much time spent in the mid-Atlantic region, Courtney has many recruiting ties in the area.

The Hokies also had some baseball news this week. Two Tech players were selected in the 2009 MLB Draft. Outfielder Steve Bumbry was taken by the Baltimore Orioles in the 12th round. Bumbry's father, Al Bumbry, played center field for the Orioles for 14 seasons. Al Bumbry was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1973 and an All-Star in 1980.

Steve Bumbry just completed his junior year of eligibility. He hit .283 this past season, with a team-high 10 homeruns.

Imposing 6-6, 244-lbs Rhett Ballard was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 26th round. Ballard finished the season with 7-4 record and a 4.05 ERA. He had 263 career strikeouts at Virginia Tech, good for fourth on the school's all-time list.

One of Virginia Tech's baseball signees was also drafted. Joe Mantiply, a 6-5 left-handed pitcher out of Tunstall High School in Danville Virginia, was selected by the New York Mets in the 48th round of the 50 round draft.

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Friday Q&A: June 12, 2009
June 12, 2009
In this week's Friday Q&A, Raleigh Hokie and Chris Coleman discuss how the Hokies will keep their expectations in check this season. They also give us a brief insight on their view of Tech recruiting and player development.

Dew Set to Visit VT
June 12, 2009
Accompanied by his mother and younger brother, First Colonial (Virginia Beach, VA) star safety/linebacker prospect Nick Dew will head to Virginia Tech this weekend for an unofficial visit. The 6-2, 195-pound rising senior told that he plans to arrive in Blacksburg this evening and may stay until Sunday morning.

State of the Program, Part Four: Important Recruiting Factors
June 11, 2009
Recruiting is such an important topic in college basketball that we couldn't cover it all in a single article. Today we'll take a look at a few more aspects of recruiting, and try and determine the most important factors in modern basketball recruiting. How does Virginia Tech stack up in those important factors? Unfortunately, not very well.

Offer Profile: Alcoa (TN) TE Tyler Robinson
June 11, 2009
Kentucky and Virginia Tech have officially offered Alcoa (TN) tight end/defensive lineman Tyler Robinson, who may be close to receiving another offer next week. If this next offer comes to fruition, the race would seemingly be much tougher for all other programs involved.

Catching up with LB Commit Tahrick Peak
June 10, 2009
Pulaski County (Dublin, VA) linebacker Tahrick Peak attended Virginia Tech's camp on Saturday. Having earned and accepted an offer from Virginia Tech already, the 6-2, 205-pound rising senior simply enjoyed the day alongside his brother Nubian, who will be a freshman wide receiver for the Hokies this upcoming season.

Catching Up With Ken Oxendine
June 10, 2009
Veteran readers of the comics pages will recognize what former Virginia Tech running back Ken Oxendine has become.

Top WR Ready for More Visits
June 9, 2009
Imposing wide receiver prospect Brandon Coleman is holding steady with 13 official scholarship offers as he heads into the summer. The 6-6, 200-pound Bishop McNamara (Forestville, MD) star, a second-team all-WCAC selection last season as a junior, is set to begin a round of unofficial visits.

Friday Q&A: Monday Edition
June 8, 2009
In today's Monday edition of the Friday Q&A, Raleigh Hokie talks about why the Hokies don't block as many punts as they used to. He also discusses how Bud Foster likes to disguise his coverages to confuse opposing quarterbacks.

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South Stanly DE Visits VT
June 8, 2009
Virginia Tech received a visit from 6-3 1/2, 220-pound South Stanly (Norwood, N.C.) defensive end prospect Justin Taylor on Saturday. Of the Division 1A programs that have offered, Virginia Tech is the first to receive a visit from the talented athlete. How did it go?
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