BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10)- The Hokies have filled their vacant wide receivers coaching position by hiring Virginia native Zohn Burden. The VMI graduate joins the Virginia Tech Football program from Old Dominion, serving on the Monarchs squad for the past three seasons as passing coordinator.
Burden coached defensive backs at ODU from 2007 to 2010, the spent a year as wide receivers coach at Richmond before returning to Old Dominion from 2012 through 2014 as the passing coordinator.
"We are excited to welcome Coach Burden and his family into the Hokie Nation," Coach Frank Beamer said in a release from the Virginia Tech Athletic department. "He brings an enthusiasm for recruiting, and his knowledge and experience of the wide receiver position as both a player and coach will be a good fit. As a recruiter, his relentless approach and diligence will pay dividends for us as we work to attract the highest caliber of student-athlete here to Virginia Tech,"added Beamer.
Old Dominion's football program responded to the news with appreciation for Burden's efforts while at the school.
"We appreciate the efforts of Coach Burden with our football program. Zohn helped start our program back in 2007 as one of the original staff members," says ODU Head Coach Bobby Wilder through the ODU Athletic department. "He recruited and developed some outstanding student-athletes for our team. We all wish him well with his new job."
"I want to thank ODU President John Broderick, Athletic Director Wood Selig and Coach Wilder for the opportunities they gave me here at Old Dominion," Burden said through the ODU Athletic Department. "I'd be remiss if I didn't also thank the student-athletes and coaches with whom I've worked closely, in addition to the community and fans that have supported us. I will be forever grateful for what we have been able to accomplish here."
Zohn replaces the departed Aaron Moorehead, who left the Hokies program for Texas A & M.