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Virginia Tech Football Hires Additional Support Staff, Including New Director of Operations | Virginia Tech

ByJulie J. Helfer

Feb 22, 2022

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech coach Brent Pry is making good use of the football team’s expanded support staff budget.

Pry announced on Tuesday the addition of Travis Taylor as director of football operations, Kevin Juszynski as assistant director of football operations and Jake Schell as assistant football operations and analytics.

Last year, Tech’s director of football operations was Josh Bost. The Hokies haven’t had anyone to keep the job for several seasons since Danielle Bartelstein, who left the program before the 2019 season.

According to a press release, Taylor will report directly to Pry’s new chief of staff, Michael Hazel. Taylor has spent the past three seasons in Western Kentucky overseeing day-to-day operations for the football team. He assisted with all team travel logistics, coordinated community service events, and onboarded student-athletes.

Taylor’s resume also includes stops at the University of Southern California, Georgia Southern and UAB. The Georgia native was a three-year starter for Valdosta State as a catcher and was part of the 2004 and 2007 teams to win the Division II national titles.

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Juszynski previously worked with Pry and Hazel during his two-year stint at Penn State.

His role with the Hokies will be to liaise between the football team and the marketing, digital strategy, creative media, strategic communications and HokieVision departments. He will help Taylor work out team travel logistics and work to coordinate various events – recruiting tours, professional day, training camps and clinics – with Tech’s various staff departments.

Schnell also has ties to Pry’s time at Penn State.

He started as a video director in 2018, then spent the next three years as a defensive student assistant. It will assist football staff in roster management and training preparation with a “data-driven” approach, according to the statement.

Tech athletic director Whit Babcock announced that Pry would have a budget of $2.25 million for team support staff. The Hokies had been slowly increasing the size of their support staff over the past few years – part of the Athletic Department’s Reach for Excellence capital campaign “football improvement fund” earmarked funds for this purpose – but the addition of Pry accelerated this expansion.