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Virginia Tech men's basketball made a big announcement that will definitely have Hokie fans excited as they announced that former strength & conditioning coach David Jackson is returning to Blacksburg after a year at Texas A&M.
Jackson replaces David Land who had followed Mike Young from Wofford to Blacksburg, but left the Hokies this offseason to take the same position at Iowa State. This will be Jackson's 13th season as the Hokies' men's basketball strength & conditioning coach after a 12-year tenure prior to Young's arrival during which Jackson worked for Seth Greenberg, James Johnson, and Buzz Williams.
Unsurprisingly, there was plenty of excitement about Jackson's return to Blacksburg from both head coach Mike Young and star guard Tyrece Radford as they stated in VT's press release.
"I am elated about the return of David Jackson to Blacksburg, as his track record of preparing and training student-athletes is second to none in college basketball," Young said. "David's understanding of Virginia Tech and ability to connect with our players is a home run for Hokie Basketball."
Young and Radford weren't the only ones excited about the news either as other Hokie players and coaches shared their elation on social media.
Words can’t express how excited I am about this‼️ https://t.co/8gdlc9zAch— Christian Webster (@CoachWebbie) May 1, 2020
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There's no doubt that Jackson is not only a highly-respected strength & conditioning coach, but also someone who understands Virginia Tech probably better than anyone else inside Hahn Hurst as a 1997 graduate of Virginia Tech who served as a men's basketball grad assistant from 1997-99. That's, of course, in addition to his long tenure as the Hokies' basketball strength & conditioning coach.
With Jackson on board, Virginia Tech is just about set across the board from their staff to their roster for the 2020-21 basketball season as they hope to reach their fourth consecutive contested NCAA Tournament.