BLACKSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Virginia Tech officially introduced Justin Fuente as the new head coach of the football program on Monday.
The Memphis Tigers head coach takes over for Frank Beamer who will retire at the end of the season after 29 years running the program. Beamer led the team to national prominence and 22 straight bowl games. The football program officially announced Fuente as the head coach on Sunday morning, but word of his hiring leaked during the Hokies win over rival UVA on Saturday.
"You don't replace a legend in coaching. You just hope to build on all he has done," Fuente said at Monday morning's press conference.
Fuente signed a contract to coach the Hokies through 2021 and will be paid $3.2 million in year one. He can also receive more than $500,000 in bonuses, including $250,000 if he guides the team to the National Championship game.
Fuente was the only coach the Hokies made an offer to, according to Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock. Defensive Coordinator Bud Foster is the only member of the current staff retained by Fuente, so far. Fuente said he doesn't have a date or hard deadline to assemble staff, but doesn't want to take much staff away from Memphis bowl game.
Fuente turned the struggling Tigers into a bowl team with a 10-3 season last year and a 9-3 season in 2015.
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