Inside HOKIE SPORTS | Vol. 15 No. 3 | December 2022

4 Inside Hokie Sports Virginia Tech director of athletics Whit Babcock announced that in recognition of Jeff Veatch’s continued long history of generosity and service to his alma mater, the corridor on the main level of the Merryman Center and includes the assistant football coaches offices will now be known as the Veatch Coaches Corridor (contingent upon Virginia Tech Board of Visitors approval). Per Veatch’s wishes, this space will be dedicated to longtime defensive coordinator, Bud Foster. Veatch co-founded Apex Systems, an information technology services company, in 1995 with fellow Tech alums Brian Callaghan and Win Sheridan. Foster coached at Tech for 33 seasons and helped lead the Hokies to 27 consecutive bowl berths. He was the architect of Tech squads that ranked in the nation’s top five in scoring defense on seven different occasions. The winner of the 2006 Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach, Foster’s defenses pitched 34 shutouts during his career and posted 894.0 sacks from 1996-2019, college football’s best total over that span. The Nokomis, Illinois native retired following the 2019 season and currently serves as a special assistant to Babcock in the Tech Athletics department. “Jeff epitomizes theVirginia Tech spirit of Ut Prosim in somanyways,” Babcock said. “We certainly appreciate his long history and sustained financial support of Virginia Tech Athletics. In addition, Virginia Tech’s Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has made a profound impact on the lives and career trajectories of many students on our campus. We also appreciate Jeff’s service on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors and respect the many decisions he makes to help ensure the future of our university remains strong.” As anactivephilanthropic investor, Veatch formed theVeatchCharitable Fund which focuses on education, healthcare, and the community. Virginia Tech has been one of many benefactors of Veatch’s generosity. honors BUD FOSTER in Merryman COACHES CORRIDOR Veatch Tech alum, Board of Visitors member Jeff Veatch recognized for longtime generosity Jeff Veatch, alongside daughter, Lindsey, mother, Pat, and Bud Foster.