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Virginia Tech made a splash hire today when they announced that Cincinnati's Jon Tenuta will be joining the staff as a Senior Defensive Analyst.
Tenuta joins the Hokies in an off-the-field role after spending four seasons at Cincinnati including three as their safeties coach. Jon Tenuta's son Luke Tenuta was the starting right tackle this past season for Tech and is expected to remain a starting offensive tackle in 2021.
Jon Tenuta brings a wealth of experience to the Hokies' experience having been a defensive coordinator at places like Notre Dame, Ohio State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Kansas State, and SMU along with plenty of other jobs across the sport during his career.
That vast experience should be a valuable addition to Justin Hamilton's defensive staff which has three out of five defensive assistants under 40 plus Bill Teerlinck and J.C. Price in their 40s.
There is also a connection between Justin Fuente and Tenuta as Tenuta was Oklahoma's DBs coach in 1995 when Fuente was a QB for the Sooners.
One interesting comment of note is that Tenuta, an alum of Virginia, once told reporters in 2013 that he could not envision himself working at Virginia Tech.
UVa alum Tenuta says he would have continued coaching just about anywhere in ACC -- except Virginia Tech. "The place never intrigued me."— Whitelaw Reid (@WhiteysWorld365) January 18, 2013
As 2020 taught us, things can change quickly as this opportunity to join Tech's staff and coach in the same program where his son is playing was too good of an opportunity to turn down.