Welcome to TechSideline.com, the premier unofficial Virginia Tech sports Internet web site. For uncompromised Hokie sports entertainment and commentary, TechSideline is the place to be.
TechSideline.com’s mission is simple: we provide news, coverage and commentary on Virginia Tech athletics. We are an independent publication, not affiliated with the university or its athletic programs, so we provide a unique perspective that appeals to the large and growing fan base of Virginia Tech athletics.
TechSideline.com operates as a fully-staffed, full-time business. TechSideline.com is not a “fan site” or a “blog” — it’s a serious endeavor, dedicated to bringing great coverage to our readers. We’re also not completely biased homers (though we do love the Hokies), so you can count on us for unflinching insight and analysis.
TechSideline was launched on March 12, 1996 by 1987 Tech graduate (BSEE) Will Stewart as a small, personal web page. In 1997, the site evolved into HokieCentral.com, and in August of 1999, joined the SportsWar network of college sports web sites. In November of 2000, the site changed names to TechSideline.com, or TSL.
Over the years, TSL has grown into what you see before you: a full-time Virginia Tech sports web site, complete with news, game analysis, links, special features, and the ubiquitous message boards.
TSL is a member of the SportsWar network of college sports web sites. Visit SportsWar.com for more information.
TechSideline.com logo by Kevin Jones (yes, that Kevin Jones) and VOID Design Haus, now known as JoBa Design Group.
Will Stewart is a 1987 Electrical Engineering graduate of Tech and the founder of TechSideline.com. Will graduated from Virginia Tech in 1987 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
Will grew up in Charlottesville and was a Tech and UVa fan, but when the two went face to face, he always rooted for Tech. Will attended Tech from 1983-87, and after graduation returned to Charlottesville and worked from 1987-1994 as an engineer at Sperry Marine, Inc. Will eventually made his escape back down to the New River Valley in 1994 and after doing contract work for a year spent four years as a programmer at Kollmorgen in Radford, from 1995-1999. While working at Kollmorgen, Will decided to learn HTML and produce a web page on the Internet. TechSideline.com was the result and has been Will’s full-time job since the summer of 1999, when TechSideline.com joined the SportsWar network.
In addition to fulfilling many functions on TechSideline.com too numerous to mention here, Will writes articles for the site and assists in the planning, writing, editing, and posting of content to the site.
Lead Analyst and Columnist
Follow Chris Coleman on Twitter — @ChrisColemanTSL
Chris Coleman is a 2005 graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.A. in History.
Chris is from Chatham, VA and has a strong background in covering Virginia Tech sports on the Internet, including stints with VTInsider.com (part of the Scout.com network), where he wrote game previews and other articles from 2002-2004.
Chris joined TechSideline.com in July of 2005 and was named Managing Editor in January of 2009. With the hiring of David Cunningham as Managing Editor in 2021, Chris was named Lead Analyst and Columnist. In addition to writing about all sports and recruiting and making regular podcast appearances, Chris helps plan, edit, and post subscriber content to the site.
Follow David Cunningham on Twitter — @therealdcunna
David joined TechSideline.com as Managing Editor in July of 2021. David is a 2021 graduate of the Sports Media & Analytics (SMA) Program at Virginia Tech, where he also minored in Business Leadership. David learned the crafts of sportswriting and broadcasting under former long-time Virginia Tech play-by-play announcer Bill Roth, who launched the SMA program in 2016.
As a student at Virginia Tech, David was instrumental in the creation of 3304 Sports, the hub for student sports journalism at Virginia Tech, and he established the group’s website as a junior. As Editor-in-Chief for two years, he edited and published over 400 stories while overseeing more than 15 beat writers for every sport at Virginia Tech.
A Yorktown, Va. native, David grew up a Hokie, thanks to both of his parents being Virginia Tech alumni. According to David, his first Hokie memory is from when his parents took him to the 1999 National Championship between Virginia Tech and Florida State in New Orleans as a six-month-old.
Evan Hughes is a senior at Virginia Tech and will graduate in May of 2021 with a B.A. in Multimedia Journalism with a concentration in Sports Media and Analytics. Hughes joined TechSideline.com in July of 2018 as the podcast host, creating topic ideas for the show surrounding Virginia Tech Football and Men’s Basketball. He also does select work for the ACC Network Extra, serving as a play-by-play broadcaster of volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, wrestling, men’s and women’s basketball, softball, baseball and lacrosse.
Over the last three summers, he has served as the Director of Radio Broadcasting for the St. Cloud Rox of the Northwoods League, calling nearly 200 games. Hughes was awarded the 2018 Northwoods League Broadcaster of the Year with the Rox. In May of 2020, he was named the No. 2 collegiate sports broadcaster in the country and an All-American from STAA’s Jim Nantz Award. When not broadcasting, he enjoys volunteering at his parents nonprofit, Comfort Zone Camp. It’s the largest bereavement camp in the country for children who have lost a parent or sibling.
Malcolm — yes, he’s related — is a senior at Virginia Tech and will graduate in the summer of 2021 with a degree in Business Information Technology.
Malcolm has worked for TechSideline.com for several years in various capacities, and in the fall of 2019 directed the effort to produce and stream the video of the Tech Sideline podcast first over Facebook Live, then over YouTube Live. Malcolm controls the cameras during the podcast, cuts to and from various media during streaming, and post-processes all audio and video for posting on YouTube and SoundCloud. He also creates and edits the thumbs for YouTube.
Jason Stamm is the recruiting writer for TechSideline.com, after covering Virginia Tech men’s basketball, football and recruiting as the publisher for HokieHaven.com on the Rivals network from 2012-2016, and publisher for TheVTZone.com on the Scout network from 2016-17. He’s covered recruiting for TSL since April of 2017. Jason’s favorite season is football and he is a proud graduate of Western Kentucky University (B.A. ’07), Radford University (M.S. ’17) and soon to be The University of Tennessee (Ph.D ’21).
Jake is a current student in the Sports Media and Analytics program at Virginia Tech and plans to graduate in December 2022. He has been working at TechSideline for three years now and has covered football as well as Olympic sports such as wrestling, softball, soccer and others. Jake is also the broadcast coordinator for 3304 Sports, the student sports media group on campus, and does play-by-play of Virginia Tech Athletics. In the summer, Jake will take on the role of radio broadcaster for the St. Cloud Rox in the Northwoods League.
Cory Van Dyke is a 2020 graduate of Virginia Tech where he majored in Multimedia Journalism and had a concentration in Sports Media & Analytics. He recently returned to Blacksburg where he’s working in the School of Communication as a Communication Specialist.
Cory joined TechSideline.com as a freshman back in 2016 where he covered the Hokies baseball team and other Olympic sports. As a junior in 2018, he was promoted to the student beat writer for the football team in addition to the baseball team. Nowadays, Cory still covers the football press conferences and writes the game recap stories. You can also still find him at English Field covering Hokies baseball. His true passion for TSL lies in catching up with former players and telling human-interest stories in the different series that he writes.
Brandon Patterson graduated from Virginia Tech in 2004 with a BA in English. He’s been a Techsideline.com reader since his college days, and in 2015 he joined TSL as a writer. In-season, you can read Brandon’s weekly scouting reports and game recaps; in the off-season, he covers football schemes, recruiting, history, and operations. Before he became a regular at TSL, Brandon was the sport-science columnist for elitefts.com and a contributor at other publications.
Follow Nick on Twitter — @NickBrown33
Nick Brown is a freshman in Bill Roth’s Sports Media and Analytics (SMA) program at Virginia Tech. He graduated from Radford High School in 2020 where he broadcasted boys/girls basketball, volleyball, soccer, and football on the radio or with the broadcasting team “Bobcat Sports Live.” Nick runs the Tech Sideline Instagram account and is an understudy to Evan Hughes with the Techsideline Podcast. Nick hopes to one day pursue his dream working in sports media for his future career.
Born in USSR, Ivan came to the United States in 1991. Under patronage of his host family he earned several degrees, among them two from Virginia Tech (MS in 1998 and PhD in 2004). He has been attending Tech football games since 1991, and had not missed a single Tech vs UVA game (in Charlottesville or in Blacksburg) since then. While a student at Virginia Tech, Ivan became interested in photography. In 1997, Ivan joined TechSideline (HokieCentral at the time) and has contributed photography to the site since 2001. His photos have been featured in numerous Virginia Tech publications (from game programs to media guides, to freshmen orientation and “class ring” brochures, to Alumni Magazine and Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets publications), as well as regional and national media, including Sports Illustrated among others.
A self-professed amateur, Ivan is notorious for his accent and his infamous tailgating skills are legendary. Known as Russian Hokie, Ivan is a proud US Citizen.