Virginia Tech Names Pierson Prioleau Director of Player Development – Defense

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Pierson Prioleau, Virginia Tech
Pierson Prioleau is back at Virginia Tech. (Virginia Tech)

Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente announced on Wednesday that Pierson Prioleau has been named Director of Player Development – Defense. A first-team All-BIG EAST selection and a team captain for Frank Beamer as a senior in 1998, Prioleau played an integral role in helping Tech establish itself as a national football power in the 1990s. A four-year letterwinner for the Hokies, the Alvin, South Carolina native enjoyed a 12-year NFL career and earned a Super Bowl XLIV ring with the New Orleans Saints.

“Pierson will serve as a valuable resource for our players and coaches with his experience as a former student-athlete at Virginia Tech, along with his NFL experience and background working in education following his playing career,” Fuente said. “Pierson possesses valuable relationships with coaches across our region in addition to lifelong bonds with his former teammates that make him an ideal candidate to serve as an ambassador for our program.”

Prioleau has served as defensive coordinator at Radford High School since his retirement from the NFL in 2011. He has also worked as a health and physical education instructor at Belle Heth Elementary School in Radford since 2015. He owns a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Tech. He also participated in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program at Northwestern University in 2006 and served a Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship with the St. Louis Rams in 1994.

Inducted as part of the ACC Football Legends Class of 2012, Prioleau was a three-year starter for Beamer and Bud Foster, totaling 237 career tackles and had two kick return touchdowns. He was named first-team All-Big East as a junior in 1997 and earned third-team All-America honors from The Sporting News. As a senior, he led a defense that was first in the BIG EAST in scoring defense, allowing just 12.9 points per game.

A fourth-round selection of the San Francisco 49ers in the 1999 NFL Draft, Prioleau played in 160 career regular season games (50 starts) with San Francisco (1999-00), Buffalo (2001-04), Washington (2005-07), Jacksonville (2008) and New Orleans (2009-10), accumulating 446 total tackles (348 solo), one interception, one safety and four fumble recoveries.  

He and his wife, Alcia, are parents of sons PJ, Pace and Parker.

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  1. Fantastic hire. Glad. Pierson can raise the family and help the hokie family without leaving the new river valley. Love it!

  2. He “… served a Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship with the St. Louis Rams in 1994.”

    That year is almost certainly wrong since he was probably a high school senior around that time. 2014 perhaps?

  3. welcome back aboard! and onto staff! – even though you’ve resided, taught and coached in the New River Valley and Radford for almost double-digit years.
    your reputation as a great Hokie precedes you and your work ethic continues to verify it.

    Go Hokies!

  4. Sons PJ, Pace and Parker….the Prioleau pipeline??

    PJ at the very least will be a FBS G5 recruit, possibly P5 especially if he grows another couple inches in height

  5. A good addition to the staff, welcome aboard.

    I definitely remember Pierson’s days with the Hokies, but I have to admit I have zero memory of him being a kick returner. Especially one who took 2 of them to the house.

      1. Now THAT I could believe, considering how many block parties we held back in his playing days. I loved it when we got a blocked punt early in a game because it made it even more likely we’d either get a 2nd one or the punter would really shank one or two after that from rushing it and/or being nervous.

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