BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech football coach Brent Pry announced Monday the addition of Maryland’s Elijah Brooks as running backs coach, following a successful run with the Terps and powerhouse DeMatha Catholic High School.
“I’m excited to have Elijah and his family join our program,” said Virginia Tech Head Coach Brent Pry. “From my days recruiting DeMatha to competing against his position groups at Maryland, I have always been impressed by his professionalism, ability to recruit at a high level and develop good football players at both DeMatha and Maryland. His knowledge of the DMV footprint will be vital as we continue to re-establish ourselves in this region.”
In four years at Maryland, Brooks demonstrated the ability to coach and develop running backs at the highest level in the Big Ten Conference. Each year a running back under his tutelage earned an opportunity in the NFL, including Anthony McFarland (Pittsburgh Steelers), Javon Leake (NY Giants), Jake Funk (LA Rams) and Tayon Fleet-Davis (Kansas City Chiefs).
In the 2022 season under Brooks, freshmen Roman Hemby and Antwain Littleton had breakout seasons, combining for six 100-yard games. Hemby earned Big 10 Player of the Week honors twice, rushing for 989 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season, placing him among the top 10 rushers in the Big Ten.