"PITT IS IT!"
Well for Mark Diethorn, was it. The former Pitt director of recruiting, who coined the aforementioned catchphrase for Pat Narduzzi to signal a new recruit on Twitter, has joined the Hokies' staff. The 2007 Virginia Tech grad takes over as director of player personnel. Chuck Cantor left that post for the same role at Florida in April.
"Mark will serve in a key role for us as our director of player personnel," Justin Fuente said in a statement. "His long standing relationships with coaches across our region and his passion for Virginia Tech are just some of the qualities that made him the right person for us. Mark is very bright and talented, but it also became very apparent he shares a vision for the type of young men who will fit at Virginia Tech, in terms of work ethic, talent and their commitment to being successful academically. We're excited to have him join our team and what we're building in Blacksburg."
By all accounts this is a very solid hire for Tech.
For what it's worth, Mark Diethorn always struck me as a pretty valuable piece of Pitt's recruiting efforts. Local guy who knows how to sell the program and really loves the place. Came up with a lot of the catchy slogans but also built strong relationships with prospects.— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) June 5, 2018
Diethorn cut his teeth at Florida under Urban Meyer. Is on the upswing of his career. Has a six-year familiarity with the Atlantic recruiting region. And finally, he was poached from Pitt, for the added effect of weakening a division rival.