Inside HOKIE SPORTS | Vol. 14 No. 5 | April 2022

10 Inside Hokie Sports 99 Bradley Drive Christiansburg NRV Mall 540-381-8100 Full Service Restaurant Bar & Grill Game Day Catering. Dine in or Room Service Welcome Back HOKIES! THE CHARGE Continued from page 9 to play collegiately at Maryville College and Buffalo before he suffered a career-ending injury. Pry began as a student coach at Buffalo in 1992 before moving on to coaching East Stroudsburg, an important stop on his journey to becoming a head football coach because that’s where Pry met the Warriors’ starting quarterback, James Franklin. Pry joined Franklin’s staff at Vanderbilt when he became the head coach and followed him to Penn State in 2014 where Pry went on to become his defensive coordinator before leaving for the Hokies. Pry learned a lot watching Franklin lead the Nittany Lions to battle, but one of the most important lessons he learned was off the field. “There’s not a whole lot of time that you’re not the head football coach,” he said. Pry knows what comes with the job, but when he does have a second to catch some fresh air, it’s spent FaceTiming his family, exploring the Blacksburg community, or supporting other Virginia Tech athletic programs. “That environment is fantastic,” Pry said about the Hokies faithful at Cassell Coliseum. “The fans are awesome.” “It’s been fantastic from students to the faculty and staff, to the community, to the coaches across the state. It’s been a warm welcome and it’s been a busy couple of months.”