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Veatch Coaches Corridor at Merryman Center in honor of Bud Foster

Jeff Veatch, tech alumnus and Board of Visitors member recognized for his longtime generosity

05/19/2022 14:00:00

NOIRSBOURG – Virginia Tech director of athletics Whit Babcock announced Thursday that in recognition of Jeff Veatch’s long history of generosity and service to his alma mater, the hallway on the main level of the Merryman Center and including the offices of assistant football coaches will henceforth be known as Veatch Coaches Corridor (subject to Virginia Approval from the Technical Visitors Committee). Per Veatch’s wishes, this space will be dedicated to longtime defensive coordinator Bud Foster.

Veatch co-founded Apex Systems, an information technology services company, in 1995 with fellow former Tech Brian Callaghan and Win Sheridan.

Foster coached at Tech for 33 seasons and helped lead the Hokies to 27 straight bowl berths. He was the architect of the technical teams that ranked among the top five in the country in scoring defense seven times. Winner of the 2006 Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach, Foster’s defenses threw 34 shutouts during his career and posted 894.0 sacks from 1996 to 2019, the best total in college football over that span. The Nokomis, Illinois native retired after the 2019 season and is currently a special assistant to Babcock in the Tech Athletics department.

“Jeff embodies the Virginia Tech spirit of Ut Prosim in so many ways,” Babcock said. “We certainly appreciate his long history and continued financial support of Virginia Tech Athletics. Additionally, the Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Virginia Tech has had a profound impact on the lives and career trajectories of many students on our campus. We also appreciate Jeff’s service on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors and respect the many decisions he makes to help ensure that the future of our university remains strong.”

As an active philanthropic investor, Veatch established the Veatch Charitable Fund which focuses on education, healthcare and community. Virginia Tech was one of many benefactors of Veatch’s generosity.

“Anyone who knows me understands the love I have for Virginia Tech, as well as how much I appreciate the many ways Coach Beamer has helped transform our university and our football program,” Veatch said. “But I have long believed that Bud Foster has also played a very important role in this process as well. Whether it’s his Lunch Pail defence, his knack for getting the best out of our players or the way he continues to serve as a fabulous representative of which is dear to us as Hokies, you can’t write Virginia Tech history without Bud, which is why I think dedicating the Veatch Coaches Corridor in Bud’s honor is the perfect way to permanently cement its legacy on our campus and help support a new era of Tech Football under Brent Pry.”

Foster’s line of coaches who served with him at Blacksburg include current Tech head coach, Brent Pry, who worked as a graduate assistant for Foster in 1995-96. Current VT defensive line coach J.C. Price played for Foster in the 1990s, then later returned as a graduate assistant for Foster from 2002 to 2003. Pierson Prioleau also played on Foster’s defenses in the 1990s and is entering his first campaign as Tech’s safety coach in 2021. The illustrious list of players who honed their skills under Foster at Tech included four first-round picks in the NFL Draft: CB DeAngelo Hall (2004), CB Kyle Fuller (2014), LB Tremaine Edmunds (2018), and S Terrell Edmunds (2018).

“I am deeply honored and grateful that Jeff and Tech Athletics have sought to honor me in this way,” Foster said. “There are so many great players and so many talented coaches who have walked down this corridor so it means a lot to have my name associated with the Veatch Coaches Corridor. Jeff is a wonderful friend but more importantly he is a great Hokie. I know how much Virginia Tech means to him and I can’t express how grateful I am for all he has done to support his alma mater and Tech Football.