Virginia Tech quality control coach Jack Tyler has been promoted to linebackers coach. The announcement followed this morning’s news that Tracy Claeys has decided to retire from positional coaching.
“Jack Tyler has earned this opportunity to take on a larger role with our team as our linebackers coach, “Fuente said. “Jack is a tireless worker who is passionate about the game and possesses a great love for Virginia Tech. During every step of his career, Jack has soaked up every ounce of knowledge about the game from his coaches and teammates. He’s a very mature individual who has gained the trust and respect of our coaching staff and our players. I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the positive impact that I believe Jack will make in his new role with the Hokies.”
Tyler was a graduate assistant of the Hokies in 2017 and 2018 before taking on a role as defensive quality control coach in 2019 and 2020. He played in 54 games in his Virginia Tech career, making 286 tackles, 32.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He was a First Team All-ACC selection in 2012, and a Second Team All-ACC pick in 2013.
“I’m beyond grateful to Coach Fuente for placing his faith in me,” Tyler said. “Even while I was still a student-athlete, my dream job was to someday coach the position I played at my alma mater. Virginia Tech has made such an unbelievable impact on my life and I really try to pay that forward every day. I also owe a huge debt of gratitude to Coach Foster, who saw the potential in me to someday become a coach. I can’t thank Coach Fuente, Coach Foster, Coach Hamilton and the members of the current defensive staff, as well as Coach Claeys for entrusting me with more responsibilities over the years and serving as great mentors to me.”
Tyler is one of seven former Virginia Tech players who serves in a full-time role on Justin Fuente’s staff. The others are Justin Hamilton (DC/S), Darryl Tapp (Co-DL), Pierson Prioleau (Director of Player Development), Corey Fuller (Assistant Director of Player Personnel) Jeron Gouveia-Winslow (Assistant Director of Player Personnel) and Ryan Shuman (Director of Football Strength and Conditioning).