Virginia Tech Football: Two offensive assistants as “rising stars”

There’s a lot of excitement surrounding Virginia Tech’s new coaching staff under head coach Brent Pry. Offensive line coach Joe Rudolph was one of the best assistant coaches of the offseason, but Pry made several clever hires.

Recruitment site On3 recently named 65 aspiring college football assistant coaches. Two assistant coaches from Virginia Tech made the list; Specifically, there were two offensive assistants. Offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Tyler Bowen and quarterbacks coach Brad Glenn were two of the 65 names.

Here’s what On3 said about the two coaches, starting with Bowen:

Last jobs: Virginia Tech (2022), Jacksonville Jaguars Tight Ends Coach (2021), Penn State Co-OC/Tight Ends Coach (2020), Penn State Tight Ends Coach (2018-19), Maryland Offensive Line Coach (2017), Fordham OC ( 2016).

Back at college level after a year in the NFL, reuniting with new Virginia Tech coach and former Penn State teammate Brent Pry.

Served as the offensive recruiting coordinator at Penn State in addition to his responsibilities as co-OC and tight ends coach and was part of the Nittany Lions as they compiled three consecutive top 20 classes, including the 10th best class in the country in 2019.

Served as offensive coordinator at Fordham in 2016. The Rams ranked fourth in the FCS on offense scored (40.1 points per game) and total penalty yards (498 yards per game).

Is a former Maryland offensive lineman who played for the Terrapins under Ralph Friedgen and current Penn State coach James Franklin, who was Maryland’s OC from 2008-2010, before beginning his coaching career.

Brad Glenn:

Last jobs: Virginia Tech (2022), Georgia State OC (2019-21), West Carolina OC (2012-18), Appalachia State Assistant (2005-11).

Was the offensive coordinator at Georgia State and Western Carolina for the past 10 seasons.

Improved Georgia State from ninth place in the Sun Belt in 2018 to sixth place in 2019 and fourth place each of the last two seasons, including a school record 33.3 points per game in 2020.

Of the top six players in FCS Southern Conference history, three are former Glenn quarterbacks – Armanti Edwards (Appalachian State) and Tyree Adams and Troy Mitchell (Western Carolina).

Was interviewed for a Power 5 OC job two coaching cycles ago and was contacted for a UK OC job in the last cycle.

While we haven’t seen Bowen and Glenn play for the Hokies, it’s heartening to see offense coaches making this list. That means Virginia Tech has two offensive coaches respected by other coaches and the media, which is refreshing given the group it replaced.

Bowen, 32, has a wealth of experience and is an excellent recruiter. He plans to show Virginia Tech tight ends more in the passing game, something Hokie fans have been craving after seeing a pair of talented tight ends in Dalton Keene and James Mitchell depart for the NFL in recent years .

Glenn is the complete opposite of Brad Cornelsen. Widely respected for his skills as a quarterback mentor, Glenn has excellent recruiting connections in the talented state of Georgia.

Congratulations to Coach Bowen and Coach Glenn, the season can’t come soon enough.

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