Mark Diethorn Hired as Virginia Tech Football Director of Player Personnel

Hokies tab experienced Tech alumnus to fill vacant recruiting role.

[Pitt Athletics]

"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.

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.

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Oh boy seems solid, lets see what reasons people on TKP hate this hire.

I think the hire is a bit of a let down. Really below our quality. I would have settled for Nick Saban or maybe Urban Meyer. Those are both safety options keep in mind. Would have preferred the reanimated body of Bear Bryant as an ideal pick. Just ashamed in the hiring process now a days.

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Am I on 247?

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Dude I still cant sit down from those beatings

Those were the days... I dont know if you've been back to the WAJ but its unrecognizable, they actually have well lit hallways!

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I toured it when it was renovated and I worked there. Totally different but cool. I actually stayed with my Brother (Honors College Grad Fellow) in EAJ when I was down last year.

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Full disclosure I have no life.

Now my life is running a minecraft server for my wife and I.

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I've been good. Baltimore life. Got fat. Tons of video games and back in school for a Masters in Software Engineering. Gotta love it.

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Pros:
Young and creative,
committed to enhancing the programs appearance to recruits,
able to build bonds with recruits and coaches across the state,
reportedly able to solidly sell a program,
Graduate of VPI...

Cons:
Not a well know coach from a P5 conference..

Result:
Fail. /s

Thrilled for the guy. If given the chance, there's probably a few of us that would love to go back to VT to work.

@CraigThompsonVT

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Love the hire, young guy, alumni, might actually stick around for awhile which is a good thing.

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

Chem PhD '16

jesus....

No, it's Fuente.

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

I mean, Fuente is the Messiah, here to lead us to the promise land.

Twitter me

Oh just a gif of Fuente beating Narduzzi meat. We've really gone off the deep end of weird gifs in the past 24 hours.

Past 24 hours? This GIF has become pretty standard on any thread involving Nardouchy.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

interesting I must not be TKPing hard enough never seen it till now. My 24 hours reference was more to the things going on in the Wiggins Signal thread.

I know, but you did kinda lump it in with the others. Just saying...we've been weird for a while.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

That's why we're here, right?

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

Danny Coale Caught That Ball!!!

"Narduzzi Meat" anagrams to "Razzed Aim Nut"

Since you agree I ain't gonna let you drive this car to dinner and I agree you ain't gonna let me drive this car to dinner, there's only one way to settle this.

Chem PhD '16

Fernley should have put a signature on this so people know who made it.

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

damn't, why didn't I think of that?!

jk, no worries. Love that it's being used.

Though I think it got more turkey legs here than any time I used it #sad

ps. to whoever I said I would adapt this to Bronco, I haven't forgotten just been traveling around the world too much these days. it's about halfway done and it will be glorious

If Narduzzi is unhappy then I'm happy #TechIsIt

Bud/Wiles 2020

Looks to be a good catch with a strong NFL experience, but we need to update his wardrobe!

Another great hire for Virginia Tech football.

Awesome.

Plus, we humanely rescued another person from the influence of Pat Narduzzi.

I dont think this can be stated enough...its a humanitarian effort.

Mark Diethorn anagrams to Rethink A Dorm so hopefully that's no longer a sticking point with croots moving forward

Chem PhD '16

This coincided with the decision to redo Slusher...

who mans is this?

Fuck Pat Narduzzi

SPLASH!

“Stats are for losers.” -Mel Kiper Jr.

Q: Is it pronounced Die-thorn or Diet-horn?

A: actually it's pronounced Kevin

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

This will really strengthen our support staff.

This guy fucks.

If he had a hand in identifying and recruiting their OL recently, I am all in on this hire. Pitt's OL has been really good.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

The man has nice hair.

Hokies fan since 1998

He's well qualified

Don't know why but every time I see his name I see "Einhorn" and then I have to play out the entire "Einhorn is Finkle...." scene in my head

Funny story. The other night I was watching this on youtube and discovered that you can speed videos up. Take it from me, you need to try it.

Since you agree I ain't gonna let you drive this car to dinner and I agree you ain't gonna let me drive this car to dinner, there's only one way to settle this.

Shhhhhhhhh.

They guy made a new catch phrase by leaving the shhhhh off of Pitt's most well known catch phrase. What'll you bet he still said it silently under his breath every time he said it to Duzzi to help him smile when he said it.

Kinda ironic genius tho - the silent "shhhhh".

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

They guy made a new catch phrase by leaving the shhhhh off of Pitt's most well known catch phrase.

"Eat it, Pitt"?

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Does anyone with more knowledge of the program know how quickly Diethorn will be up to speed and how quickly we might see him put his stamp on our recruiting efforts? Obviously it's not ideal having to transition between personnel in this role, but is this a good time of the year to do it? I know so much comes down to money and all that, but what might we see being done differently moving forward?

Chem PhD '16