Justin Hamilton - Creating Roles for More Playersby Lauren's First and Goal
Coach Justin Hamilton discusses the importance in today's game for coachs to create roles for players. Not only will it help your team but also will help your players.
Virginia Tech alum returned to Blacksburg in 2018 as director of player development – defense before being promoted to safeties coach in February 2019 by head coach Justin Fuente. A well-rounded performer on the field as a player for the Hokies, Hamilton also owns a varied background as a collegiate coach with expertise as a defensive coordinator, in addition to experience coaching special teams and linebackers, as well as a background as a strength and conditioning coordinator. A native of SW Virginia, Hamilton is also highly respected by high school coaches across the region, having developed valuable relationships during his previous coaching stops in Virginia and during his tenure at Tech.“Justin has more than proven his mettle to our staff over the past year and has earned this opportunity to take the next step in his football career,” Fuente said upon promoting Hamilton. “We know how invested Justin is in the continued success of our program. He’s a bright and talented coach who has built a solid rapport with our players and football staff. Coach Foster and I are both excited to expand his responsibilities with our team.” LB Allan Crastenberg helped anchor VMI’s defense under Hamilton’s tutelage. Crastenberg earned Second-Team All-Southern Conference honors in 2017 after leading the Keydets with 118 tackles (57 solo) and registering three INTs with one TD. Another one of Hamilton’s pupils, LB Ryan Francis, played a key role for VMI in 2017. Francis ranked second on the squad with 103 tackles (50 solo), while adding 2.5 sacks and 10.0 TFL. KR Mason Dermott earned Second-Team All-Southern Conference honors under Hamilton’s guidance in 2016 after leading the Southern Conference with 978 combined kickoff and punt return yards. Dermott ranked second in the league with a 23.2-yard kickoff return average. With Hamilton serving as defensive coordinator in 2012, UVA-Wise held five opponents to 24 points or fewer, including a 24-21 OT win over nationally-ranked Bethel College.