Bill Teerlinck: The Right Hire At The Right Time For Virginia Tech

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Bill Teerlinck

Virginia Tech announced earlier today that Buffalo Bills defensive line coach Bill Teerlinck would join the Hokie coaching staff in the same role. This hire is a bit different than the assistant coach hires we’re used to around these parts. Okay, maybe not a bit different…it’s a lot different.

Teerlinck comes to Blacksburg with an excellent NFL pedigree. He grew up in an NFL household, with his father being considered by some to be the best NFL defensive line coach in the history of the game. He’s forgotten more about defensive line coaching than any of us will ever know. Bill Teerlinck has never coached at the Power 5 level in college, only at Nevada, but his NFL background makes it pretty clear that he knows his stuff. He also coached with Justin Fuente at Illinois State, so they already have a working relationship.

I want to touch on a couple of things, namely how the Teerlinck hire compares to Tech’s past assistant coaching hires in terms of resume, why I think the hire was made, and how it compares to past hires in terms of quality.

Let me go ahead and warn you that this article is going to be very long, over 3,000 words, so grab a beverage and carve out some time.

Resume Comparison

I’m going to give a quick