Virginia Tech Promotes Adam Lechtenberg to Full-Time Role as Assistant Head Coach

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Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente (above) has promoted Adam Lechtenberg to fill the open full-time coaching position. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

When the NCAA announced that FBS programs could hire a 10th full-time assistant coach, many wondered exactly how Virginia Tech and Justin Fuente would fill that role. On Tuesday, everyone got their answer.

Virginia Tech has promoted Adam Lechtenberg to the new full-time position, as an assistant head coach/executive director for player development. Lechtenberg’s role will be to work with Fuente in “overseeing the program’s recruiting efforts and managing Tech’s roster.”

“Adam has earned the opportunity to take on a larger role with our program,” Fuente said in a statement. “I implicitly trust his judgment and skills as a talent evaluator. He shares my vision for the program and understands what we need to accomplish on a daily basis. Adam also knows the type of people and the traits of players who will help our team improve. I also have a tremendous appreciation for all the positives he brings to our coaching staff as a teacher and innovator. This expanded role allows us to take full advantage of Adam’s many skills as our program continues to evolve.”

Lechtenberg joined the Virginia Tech staff in March 2017 as a director of player development. His new role will include managing Virginia Tech’s scholarship allocation and the Hokies’ walk-on program. Lechtenberg will also be able to go out on the road to recruit on Virginia Tech’s behalf.

After graduating from Nebraska as a walk-on defensive back in 2002, Lechtenberg served as an assistant at both Wayne State and Truman State before joining up with Fuente at TCU in 2007. Lechtenberg worked under Fuente as an offensive gradate assistant until 2009, before taking the offensive coordinator position at Central Connecticut State. Lechtenberg reunited with Fuente again at Memphis in 2012, and served as a director of player personnel until 2015, when Fuente left for Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech also announced on Tuesday that former player Justin Hamilton has returned to Blacksburg to serve on staff as a director of player development on defense. Hamilton played at Virginia Tech from 2002-2005, and played in the NFL for two-plus seasons. Since retiring from the NFL, Hamilton has coached at both VMI and UVA-Wise, coaching in positions ranging from defensive coordinator to strength and conditioning coordinator.

You can read Virginia Tech’s entire press release here.

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  1. Awesome that Justin Hamilton is coming back. He was one of my favorite players because of his willingness to support the team in any way he was asked. Still have an autographed picture of him hanging on my Hokie wall. Welcome home, Justin!

  2. so not a ‘position coach.’ i sure woulda thought we’d utilize this opportunity to have another on-the-practice-field coach assigned to a specific O/D/ST position(s).
    not to take away from importance of recruiting, roster management, walk-ons, etc., but isn’t “coaching up players” more of a priority for a 10th coach staff-size increase? did the ncaa put some stipulations on the position description of this new coaching position?
    and who was handling these tasks before? furthermore, why weren’t those tasks’ predecessors doing their jobs sufficiently, rather than sacrificing a coaching position for an ‘office and management job’?
    imho: this just seems an unusual use of ‘coach power.’
    any one with insight about my questions, i would enjoy your thoughts.

    Go Hokies!

  3. So those who theorized that the 10th coach was out there recruiting before being officially named were wrong. Great theory – made sense to me too, but since he was already on the staff, but not a “Coach”, he’d be forbidden to have contact with recruits offsite, correct? And if we was secretly made a Coach a month ago…then he’d be governed by visit restrictions, etc.

    1. 247 stated that he has been in the position for a month and been out on the road looking at JuCos and has given out several offers

  4. The athletic department press release is not accurate regarding Justin Hamilton having played in Tech’s second appearance in the ACC Championship game as the 2005 game was the ACC’s first-ever. No championship game was staged in 2004. We won the conference title straight out.

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