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 “hobby” site or a “blog” — it’s a serious endeavor, dedicated to bringing great coverage and insight to our readers.
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.
About TechSideline.com Staff
Will Stewart is a 1987 Electrical Engineering graduate of Tech and the founder of TechSideline.com.
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 managing editor Chris Coleman in the planning, writing, editing, and posting of content to the site.
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. Chris is responsible for the planning, editing, and posting of content to the site, and he writes a lot of it, too. Chris also takes care of customer service and various administrative duties for the site. If you need assistance with message board accounts, TSL Pass login issues, or other technical support for the site, Chris can help.
Ricky LaBlue is a 2016 graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.A. in Multimedia Journalism.
A native of Virginia Beach, as a junior at VT Ricky served as the Sports Editor of Virginia Tech’s student newspaper, the Collegiate Times. He transitioned to Managing Editor halfway through his junior year. As a senior, he served as Editor in Chief of the entire paper, managing 15 editors and approximately 60 staff members. Ricky also freelanced with the Roanoke Times, was a staff writer for Fansided (PistonPowered.com), and was a Pulaski Yankees beat writer for Scout.com.
Ricky was hired by TechSideline.com in June of 2016 and serves as our primary recruiting writer, our beat writer for football, and a part time writer for men’s basketball and Olympic sports. Got a recruiting tip? Email Ricky or hit him up on Twitter.
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.
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