Virginia Football Coaching Search: Thoughts On The First Hires & More

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In many ways, Marques Hagans was an obvious must-hire for new Virginia football head coach Tony Elliott. ~ Photo by Kris Wright/

Marques Hagans, Garett Tujague and Clint Sintim are returning to the University of Virginia football program to work under new Cavalier head football coach Tony Elliott. What do we make of these retentions, and what’s next for Coach Elliott? Let’s take a look.


Even if it meant no coaches were retained from the previous staff, count me in the category of letting Coach Elliott bringing in “his guys.” However, retaining Marques Hagans was a no-brainer in my view.

From Olamide Zaccheaus to Hasise Dubois to Joe Reed to Dontayvion Wicks, among others, Hagans has a verifiable track record of developing wide receivers. Not just incremental. Players are making and have made big strides under the former UVA standout quarterback/wide receiver’s tutelage.

In addition to being a proven coach, Hagans is a respected leader, a UVA graduate, and has NFL experience. As a recruiter, he relates well to high school prospects, and I think his ability as a recruiter will improve as his track record with receivers (and ability to get them to the NFL) continues to impress.

Projected Role(s): I expect he’ll stay with wide receivers because of the success he has had, although his background as a college