Virginia Tech football News Conference
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech introduced its new head football coach Justin Fuente at a Monday press conference in Blacksburg. Fuente, who will take over from retiring, legendary Hokie football coach Frank Beamer, arrived in Virginia Sunday night.
Fuente comes to Virginia from the University of Memphis. There he led the Tigers to an 18-6 record over two seasons. The Tigers will play in a bowl game this season.
"You don't replace a legend in coaching. You hope to build on what he's already done. You hope to continue to operate in the same manner with the same principles and the same integrity that he's done for so very many years here, " Fuente said. "I've admired this program from afar for many years, on television, the way the players have played, the way the fans have cheered, their traditions, the wins, the losses, the facilities, the support, the league changes, and I've always wanted to be a part of something like that."
Following his prepared statements, Coach Fuente answered questions from the media:
Q. Curious, you touched on the idea this being the job you wanted. Obviously with all the shuffling in college football, lots of places are coming open. When in the process did you kind of identify, ‘okay, it's just me and Whit, it's just me and Virginia Tech’?
JUSTIN FUENTE: Well, I don't know if there's one day. I just know that - without getting into all the specifics, when opportunities come about, they contact our representatives and our representatives contact me, and I usually - for everything else, I just nipped it in the bud and wanted to make sure I did right by the University of Memphis.
I had a really good job, and I was really happy there. I loved where I lived. I loved our kids. Our kids worked incredibly hard. They were fully invested in the program. So I didn't feel the need to do anything. I wasn't desperate to move, but when this opportunity came along, I felt like it was a really good fit and was extremely interested in it.