Babcock envisions adding up to four more staff members if they can raise the funds. He didn’t specify a specific monetary goal.
“We were at zero or one five or six years ago, got it up to three, five and seven now,” Babcock said. “And I believe you’ll see two to four more coming down the pike. But in this time of HR and money being so tight, we need to make sure the funding is in hand to cover it for multiple years to be able to justify doing it.”
Tech’s support staff includes director of player personnel Mark Diethorn, assistant director of player personnel Beau Davidson, recruiting director John Iezzi and creative media director Zach Lantz. Davidson moved to a player personnel role after spending his first two seasons with the program as an offensive quality control coach.
Virginia Tech running back Jalen Holston made his debut as the team’s first No. 0 when the team opened camp on Friday.
The NCAA approved the No. 0 as a legal number back in April.
Tech upperclassmen can ask to change to an unused single-digit number in the offseason — last year Jarrod Hewitt went from No. 55 to No. 5 and Emmanuel Belmar went from No. 40 to No. 8 — and the coaching staff weighs each request.
Holston previously wore the No. 13.
He suffered a season-ending knee injury in last year’s opener at Boston College. Holston had six carries for 19 yards in the 35-28 loss.
The 5-foot-11, 218-pounder has 526 career rushing yards (4.0) with five touchdowns. He’s played in 25 career games and made two starts. His career best game came against Marshall in the 2018 season finale when he ran for 54 yards on four carries. He had a career-long 40-yard touchdown run in the 41-20 win.