This is a busy time of the year for assistant coaches in college football with head coaching hires leading to plenty of assistant coaches being shuffled and moving to other jobs as well. Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech each have made a few hires to fill staff vacancies.
Georgia Tech has reportedly added Ron West, a former co-defensive coordinator at North Carolina, to the staff, although his exact role still needs to be confirmed. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports he will be helping with offensive line in Atlanta. West has previously worked at Clemson, Illinois and Arizona State in addition to his most recent gig at North Carolina. West was pushed out of the UNC staff when Gene Chizik was hired to take over the defense in Chapel Hill. It is expected West will carry some special teams duties as well as Paul Johnson was looking to fill a vacancy at special teams coordinator with an offensive line coach instead of hire an additional member to the coaching staff.
Virginia Tech announced the hiring of Ben Hilgart to be the new Associate Athletics Director for Strength and Conditioning, replacing the retired Mike Gentry. While Hilgart, who joins the Virginia Tech program after his most recent stint at New Mexico (also worked at Arizona State, Ohio State and UTEP), will oversee the performance training for varsity sports in Blacksburg, he will also work directly with new head coach Justin Fuente.
“Ben will be a key member of our team at Virginia Tech,” Fuente said. “Mike Gentry and his staff established a great standard for strength and conditioning at Virginia Tech and Ben will help set our expectations as he pushes our student-athletes to reach their full potential.”