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Pry to become Virginia Tech’s new head coach

Brent Pry will be named the next head football coach at Virginia Tech, multiple national media outlets are reporting.

Pry has served as Penn State’s defensive coordinator for the past six seasons and has been member of James Franklin’s staff for the past 11 seasons, including three at Vanderbilt.

Penn State’s defenses have ranked among the Big Ten’s best under Pry’s watch. This past season, the Nittany Lions allowed 16.8 points per game, second only to Wisconsin’s 16.4.

Pry has been in college coaching for 30 years — all as an assistant. He was a graduate assistant coach at Virginia Tech from 1995-97 under Hokies’ legendary coach Frank Beamer, who retired in 2015.

Beamer was succeeded by Justin Fuente, who was let go this season.

Pry, 51, was born in Altoona. His father, Jim, is a former Mountain Lion quarterback who coached Franklin at East Stroudsburg University and the families have been close ever since.

The Mirror will have more coverage of this story in Wednesday’s print edition.

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