Tech alum, Board of Visitors member Jeff Veatch acknowledged for longtime generosity
5/19/2022 2:00:00 PM
Veatch co-founded Apex Systems, an data expertise providers firm, in 1995 with fellow Tech alums Brian Callaghan and Win Sheridan.
Foster coached at Tech for 33 seasons and helped lead the Hokies to 27 consecutive bowl berths. He was the architect of Tech squads that ranked in the nation’s prime 5 in scoring protection on seven completely different events. The winner of the 2006 Broyles Award because the nation’s prime assistant coach, Foster’s defenses pitched 34 shutouts throughout his profession and posted 894.0 sacks from 1996-2019, school soccer’s greatest complete over that span. The Nokomis, Illinois native retired following the 2019 season and at the moment serves as a particular assistant to Babcock in the Tech Athletics division.
“Jeff epitomizes the Virginia Tech spirit of Ut Prosim in so some ways,” Babcock mentioned. “We actually admire his lengthy historical past and sustained monetary help of Virginia Tech Athletics. In addition, Virginia Tech’s Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has made a profound affect on the lives and profession trajectories of many college students on our campus. We additionally admire Jeff’s service on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors and respect the numerous choices he makes to assist guarantee the way forward for our college stays robust.”
As an energetic philanthropic investor, Veatch shaped the Veatch Charitable Fund which focuses on training, healthcare, and the group. Virginia Tech has been one among many benefactors of Veatch’s generosity.
“Anyone who is aware of me understands the love I’ve for Virginia Tech, in addition to how a lot I admire the numerous ways in which Coach Beamer helped rework our college and our soccer program,” Veatch mentioned. “But I’ve lengthy believed that Bud Foster performed a really essential function in that course of, as nicely. Whether it was his Lunch Pail Defense, his knack for getting one of the best out of our gamers, or the best way he continues to function a superb consultant of what we maintain close to and expensive as Hokies, you may’t write the story of Virginia Tech with out Bud. That’s why I imagine dedicating the Veatch Coaches Corridor in honor of Bud is the proper means to completely cement his legacy on our campus and assist help a brand new period of Tech Football beneath Brent Pry.”
Foster’s lineage of coaches who served with him in Blacksburg embody present Tech head coach, Brent Pry, who labored as a graduate assistant for Foster in 1995-96. Current VT defensive position coach J.C. Price performed for Foster in the Nineties after which later returned as a grad assistant for Foster from 2002-03. Pierson Prioleau additionally performed on Foster’s defenses in the Nineties and enters his first marketing campaign as Tech’s safeties coach in 2021. The illustrious listing of gamers who honed their abilities beneath Foster at Tech included 4 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’m deeply honored and appreciative that Jeff and Tech Athletics have sought to honor me in this manner,” Foster mentioned. “There have so many nice gamers and so many gifted coaches which have walked down that hallway, so it means an amazing deal to have my identify related to the Veatch Coaches Corridor. Jeff is an excellent pal, however much more importantly, he is an amazing Hokie. I understand how a lot Virginia Tech means to him and I am unable to categorical how grateful I’m for every little thing he is finished to help his alma mater and Tech Football.”