Strength and Conditioning Coach Jarrett Ferguson Joins Virginia Tech
As part of the Virginia Tech football staff, Jarrett Ferguson is in charge of the strength and conditioning program. He started his career as a strength and conditioning coach at the University of Ohio in 2004, before moving on to Staunton River High School in Virginia. Later, he coached baseball and women’s soccer. Then, he went on to oversee the strength and conditioning program at the University of North Carolina from 2005-06, before launching Steel Train Performance in Moneta, Virginia, in 2018.
After being fired from his position at the University of North Carolina, Ferguson began coaching at Staunton River High School in 2019. His first season in the job was the 2020 season, and he has worked there since then. In that time, he has oversaw the strength and conditioning program, including the wrestling and volleyball regimens.
As part of the transition to a new coaching staff, four strength coaches have been hired. Former Tech offensive lineman Ju-Ju Clayton is battling redshirt freshman Logan Thomas for the second-string position. Redshirt sophomore David Wilson is expected to return from a torn ACL injury. Backup center Andrew Miller has also been recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Another member of the coaching staff, Bryan Jackson, has been named director of sports science.
With the departure of quarterbacks and receivers, and a few other positions, the Tech football roster had a number of empty spots. While the team is in good shape overall, the offense needs to replace two starters. Sophomore running back Bryce Duke and junior wide receiver Kaleb Smith are the only players who have more than one year of experience on the roster.
Despite the losses, the Hokies have a solid core of talent returning. Defensive backs Ike Charlton and Anthony Midget, along with cornerbacks Dorian Strong and Brion Murray, all have proven playmaking abilities. Having a veteran presence at the wide receiver spot would be a welcome addition to the team. However, it will take additional transfers to fill out the roster.
Meanwhile, head coach Mike Stevens is confident the team is developing for the future. They have nine scholarship players in the 2022 class. That means the team should be in better condition than most teams. If there is an injury, it should be resolved in time for the fall. During the spring, the coaching staff is working to get players ready for the fall.
For the first time in several years, the ACC Network will broadcast a spring game. This is because it is meant to provide valuable experience for untested players. Several major bowl bids have been won by the Hokies in the past, including the Sugar Bowl and the 1996 Orange Bowl.
The NCAA has not increased its scholarship limit for the 2022 season. Virginia Tech’s roster has eight scholarships remaining from the 2020 class. Some of the players who have left have the opportunity to return in 2022.
The Hokies have five of the team’s eight starters on the roster. However, there is still room for more transfers. Additionally, the team has three games remaining on its schedule, and a potential BCS title game appearance.