Virginia Tech Football announces two performance staff positions


Carly Harris Returns as Director of Sports Nutrition – Soccer; Bryan Jackson joins VT as director of sports science – football

01/24/2022 15:00:00

NOIRSBOURG – Virginia Tech Football Head Coach Brent Pry announced on Monday that Carly Harris remains with the Hokies performance staff as director of sports nutrition – football and that Brian Jackson has been hired into the newly created position of Director of Sport Science – Football. Harris and Jackson will work closely with Pry, as well as the Director of Football Strength and Conditioning. Dwight Galt IV, Tech’s sports medicine and athletic training team, and the rest of the football staff.

Harris is a Registered Dietitian who joined the Hokies in July 2020. Since arriving at Blacksburg, she has coordinated all nutritional needs for the football program, from meals at Tech’s Student-Athletic Performance Center, to pre-game meals and post-game at home and on the road, as well as other additional dietary needs. In addition, Harris manages Tech’s service stations, oversees product inventory and ordering, and production of pre-feed nutraceuticals and individualized recovery shakes. She develops programmatic nutrition education materials, presentations and events for Tech football student-athletes, as well as the assessment and analysis of student dietary practices, body composition and energy balance. -athletes in the context of sports performance and health.

The Minnesota native earned a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition from the University of Prince Edward Island. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada. Prior to joining the Hokies, she spent a year as a sports nutrition fellow at the University of Illinois, providing nutritional care to the Fighting Illini football team, as well as swimming and diving teams. from Illinois. While in Illinois, Harris was responsible for advising student athletes on optimal nutrition for training, competition, recovery, weight management, hydration, eating disorders, travel and supplementation and coordinate body composition assessments using GE Lunar iDXA and InBody.

Prior to joining the Illinois football program, Harris volunteered with the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, where she assisted medical staff with athletic testing during development camp and attended training sessions. team training.

jackson joined the Hokies after serving in a similar position at William & Mary in 2021. With the tribe, Jackson designed and implemented the sports performance programs for football and several other sports. Additionally, Jackson oversaw the athletes’ biomechanical testing, as well as the collection and analysis of GPS tracking data.

He previously worked as a Sports Performance Coaching Assistant at Duke where he helped implement sports performance programs for lacrosse, track and field, baseball, softball, rowing, swimming and diving, fencing and wrestling. He also served as Director of Strength and Conditioning at West Virginia State, where he oversaw strength and conditioning programs for all sports.

A U.S. Army veteran, Jackson fought in Iraq and served as a paratrooper and scout with the 82n/a Airborne Division. He began his coaching career as a strength and conditioning coach at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center before working as a sports performance intern at Old Dominion under Galt in 2019. He earned his Bachelor of Science of Exercise from the State of California – Sacramento and earned her Masters in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Florida.


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