Virginia Tech’s search for a wide receivers coach is complete. The Hokies have hired Zohn Burden away from Old Dominion, who is known for his recruiting prowess and his ties in the Tidewater.
“We are excited to welcome Coach Burden and his family into the Hokie Nation,” Frank Beamer said in a press release. “He brings an enthusiasm for recruiting, and his knowledge and experience of the wide receiver position as both a player and coach will be a good fit. As a recruiter, his relentless approach and diligence will pay dividends for us as we work to attract the highest caliber of student-athlete here to Virginia Tech.”
Burden played for Salem High School in Virginia Beach before continuing his college career at VMI. He was an All-Big South receiver for the Keydets before getting into coaching. He began his coaching career at Fork Union…
2006: Fork Union Military Academy, WRs and DBs
2007-10: Old Dominion, Defensive backs
2011: Richmond: Wide receivers
2012-14: Old Dominion: Wide receivers
At Old Dominion, Burden was responsible for recruiting Virginia Beach, the Richmond metro area, Atlanta, Fork Union Military Academy and Georgia Military College. He was at least partially responsible for 11 members of the 2015 Old Dominion recruiting class. Several of Burden’s recruits had offers from Power 5 conference programs such as UVA, Duke, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Iowa.
At this point, it isn’t known how Burden’s hiring will affect recruiting responsibilities for the Tech staff. We’ll hypothesize about that, and talk more about Burden’s hire in a TSL Pass article later this afternoon.