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Virginia Tech Football: Justin Fuente is the Fourth Best ACC Coach

Virginia Tech Football: Justin Fuente

Virginia Tech Football: Justin Fuente

The ACC has its share of great college football coaches. One of the better coaches in the conference is Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente.

In Athlon Sports' ACC Coach Rankings, the Hokies' head coach is listed at No. 4, just behind Syracuse head coach Dino Babers (No. 3) and just ahead of Virginia's Bronco Mendenhall (No. 5). 

Here's why: Virginia Tech took a step back last season, but Fuente is still one of the ACC’s top coaches. The Hokies went 10-4 with an ACC Coastal Division title in Fuente’s first year (2016) and finished 9-4 in 2017. Roster turnover and injuries hindered Virginia Tech last fall, as Fuente’s team slipped to 6-7 overall. Replacing legendary coach Frank Beamer wasn’t an easy task, but the Hokies are 15-9 in ACC play over the last three years and should be a much-improved squad in 2019. Fuente was instrumental in turning around a struggling Memphis program from 2012-15. The Tigers went 7-17 over his first two years but won 19 games from 2014-15 and also claimed a share of the conference title in '14. The Oklahoma native is also regarded for his work on offense and developing quarterbacks.

College Football Top 25 Rankings: Virginia Tech

Where do the other ACC coaches rank? Check out our entire ACC Coach Rankings.