Darryl Tapp Accepts Job With San Francisco 49ers

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Virginia Tech Co-Defensive Line Coach Darryl Tapp has left Blacksburg to join the coaching staff of the San Francisco 49ers.

Tapp, who played defensive end for the Hokies from 2002 through 2005, was hired in December of 2019.  He becomes the Assistant Defensive Line Coach for the 49ers, joining the staff of new defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans, who was Tapp’s teammate with the Philadelphia Eagles.

“When I came back to Virginia Tech, I told Coach Fuente that I hoped to be here a long time,” Tapp said. “Even while I was still playing in the NFL, I had always envisioned that someday I might be able to pay it forward as a coach for the Hokies. That’s truly been a blessing. Coach Fuente and I also discussed from the outset that the only thing that could potentially lure me away from Tech was the chance to coach the best of the best. I was fortunate enough to play at the game’s highest level for 12 seasons and I’ve always dreamed of coaching in the NFL. I certainly never imagined that day would come so soon, but I feel like I owe it to myself and my family to seize an opportunity that may never come around again.”

“To my core, I’m always going to be a Virginia Tech Hokie, I’m always going to bleed Maroon and Orange,” Tapp concluded. “You can rest assured I’ll continue to be invested in Virginia Tech Football for the rest of my life. I’m excited about the direction of the football program at Virginia Tech and I’m really going to miss having a hands-on role at a place I love so much. I’d just ask that you join me in putting your support behind our coaches and players. I’ll be cheering for all of them from afar. Be blessed and Go Hokies!” 

In his one year in Blacksburg, Tapp was responsible for coaching the defensive line (along with Bill Teerlinck), recruiting defensive linemen across the country, and recruiting Tidewater Virginia.  At this time, Justin Fuente has not named a replacement.

For the full press release, including more quotes from Tapp and Justin Fuente, click here.

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  1. Good luck Darryl. Hope you will contribute to the Hokie Club and encourage other VT grads in and around the NFL rondo so as well.

  2. This may be good in a different way. If Fu doesn’t recover this next year, then he isn’t taking down Tapp and Hamilton.

  3. I might just become a 49ers fan. Tapp has and always will be one of my favorite players and coaches here at Tech. Good luck to him. Bring home a ring next year big guy.

  4. Darryl Tapp was and is a great HOKIE. He will be missed in lots of ways and I hope this move to the NFL is long lasting. Best wishes for much 49’er success.

  5. Knew he was gone; got to forge iron while the fire is hot. Best of luck DT. Represent Hokies and the DMV like I know you will- Godspeed!

  6. I seem to remember a lot of people questioning if he was even ready for a gig at VT…. I wish him the best, and I appreciate his enthusiasm for the Program. I was REALLY excited for what he could do for Tech’s defense as a coach, so I’m a little sad about this. But it’s great to have him representing us so well.

    1. Couldn’t agree with you more HokieSignGuy. DT is a great HOKIE and an even better human being. He will definitely be missed, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back in Bburg down the road.

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