“Kevin brings an extremely unique and valuable perspective and skill set to our department, which we are excited about,” Hokies AD Whit Babcock said. “His experience as a student-athlete here, his successful pro career, and then returning to campus to complete his degree speaks volumes about his values and commitment.
"I’m very pleased to welcome Kevin, (his wife) Robyn and his family back into the Hokie family in this formal capacity. He will make our student-athletes and all of our teams and programs better on many fronts. It’s a good day for the Hokies.”
Jones’ duties will include representing Babcock and Tech athletics at campus and off-campus functions and meetings, serving as a role model and mentor for Tech’s current student-athletes, and developing and growing successful relationships with former student-athletes, with a particular emphasis on those competing professionally. Jones did so with the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears.
“Kevin Jones, what a great football player and, even more, a great person,” Tech football coach Frank Beamer said. “Having him connected with Virginia Tech is fantastic. Kevin has shown he knows the value of an education. I think our student-athletes in all sports will listen to his advice.”
Virginia Tech, a first-time national semifinalist last season, added former Rappahannock High star defender Michelle White and forward Erika Perez of Pleasanton, Calif., to its roster. White, a former second-team all-state player, was Rappahannock’s salutatorian.
In a release, Tech coach Chugger Adair said of White, “She will compete for starting spots on our back line and provide depth as well. Michelle is a good student who will study engineering and be a perfect fit to our team culture.”
Christopher Newport’s incoming freshman class of five was ranked 22nd in NCAA Division III by a Tennis Recruiting Network panel.
Virginia junior Denny McCarthy was named a second-team All-American by Golfweek. He averaged 70.38 strokes per round this season.
VSGA Virginias Women's Stroke Play qualifying:
Northern Virginian Casey Kennedy, 22, of Bristow shot 5-under-par 68 to grab the lead entering the second round of the 37th Virginia State Golf Association Virginias Women’s Stroke Play Championship at Chantilly NationalGolf and Country Club.
Kennedy, a recent graduate of Augusta State (Ga.), is two strokes ahead of Lauren Coughlin, 21, a rising senior at U.Va., who opened with 3-under 70.
Norfolk’s Elizabeth Bose (74), from Norfolk Christian High, and Williamsburg’s Emily Salamy (75), a Jamestown High standout, also are among the leaders. Suffolk’s Amellia Boyer started with an 89.
VSGA Junior Match Play qualifying:
Defending champion Mark Lawrence Jr., 17, of Richmond and Fitz Woodrow IV, 16, of Charlottesville each shot 2-under-par 69 to lead the first day of stroke-play qualifying at the 24th Virginia State Golf Association Junior Match Play Championship being conducted at Boonsboro Country Club.
Suffolk's Trey Wren (79) and William Comer Jr. (81) and Zuni's Brandon Munford (82) made the first-round cut, though only 16 players will qualify for Thursday's match play. The 16 leaders Tuesday all shot 74 or better.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun