Defensive coordinator Brent Pry, who has been an assistant for James Franklin since 2011, is leaving Penn State to become the head football coach at Virginia Tech, according to multiple reports Tuesday.
The 51-year-old Pry, a native of Altoona, has been the Nittany Lions defensive coordinator since 2016 and the linebackers coach since Franklin’s hiring in 2014.
Penn State ranks fourth nationally this season in red zone defense, seventh in scoring defense (16.8) and eighth in pass defense efficiency.
Pry replaces Justin Fuente, who was fired two weeks ago with the Hokies 5-5 this season and 43-31 in six years as head coach.
Pry launched his coaching career as a student assistant at Buffalo in 1992 after his playing career was cut short by an injury. He began professionally as a defensive coach at East Stroudsburg in 1993-94, when Franklin was the team’s quarterback.
He served as a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech for three seasons (1995-97) and made stops at Western Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis and Georgia Southern.
Pry joined the Vanderbilt staff in 2011 when Franklin was hired as head coach there and served as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. He took the same positions at Penn State when Franklin was hired by the Lions in 2014.
After Bob Shoop left for Tennessee following the 2015 season, Pry was elevated to defensive coordinator and has helped Penn State go 53-21 in the last six seasons.
Pry has coached such Penn State linebackers as All-American Micah Parsons, former Gov. Mifflin standout Jan Johnson, Cam Brown, Jason Cabinda, Mike Hull and Brandon Bell.
Pry is the latest Franklin assistant coach to become a head coach, joining Marshall’s Charles Huff, Old Dominion’s Ricky Rahne and former Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead, who’s now Oregon’s offensive coordinator.
Pry’s first game at Virginia Tech will be against Old Dominion and Rahne.
Source: Berkshire mont