BLACKSBURG – Head coach Justin Fuente confirmed Thursday that secondary coach Torrian Gray will join his staff at Virginia Tech after previously serving under Frank Beamer.
Gray, who played at Tech from 1992-96 and spent three seasons in the NFL, joined Beamer’s staff in 2006 and has helped build a tradition of tremendous play in the Hokies’ secondary. Under his watch, five Tech players have earned All-America honors, including Kendall Fuller last season. The list also includes Kyle Fuller, Jayron Hosley, Macho Harris and Brandon Flowers. Kyle Fuller, Hosley and Flowers are playing in the NFL, while Harris is playing in the Canadian Football League.
Under Gray, the Hokies have finished in the top 15 nationally in pass efficiency defense in eight of his 10 seasons. They finished in the top 15 nationally three times in pass defense. Since 1996, no FBS team has more interceptions (337) and interception returns for touchdowns (44) than the Hokies, of which Gray has played a role since coming aboard in 2006.
Fuente announced Monday that James Shibest and Holman Wiggins would be coming from Memphis to join his staff at Tech as well. Shibest and Wiggins are currently going through the Virginia Tech hiring process. Other additions to Coach Fuente’s staff will be announced as they are finalized.