Soderberg staying at UVA; Wahoos’ long-snapper transferring to Hokies … what?

By Jerry Ratcliffe

Brad Soderberg (Photos courtesy UVA Athletics)

Brad Soderberg will apparently return to Virginia basketball’s coaching staff for a sixth season as an assistant to Tony Bennett.

Soderberg was in the running for the head coaching job at Wisconsin-Green Bay, one of three candidates for the position until that program hired Bo Ryan’s son, Will, on Sunday.

Soderberg has been a coach on the collegiate level since 1984, including interim head coach at Wisconsin during the 2000-01 season, when he and assistant coach Tony Bennett led the Badgers to an 18-11 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance after Bennett’s father, Dick, had put Wisconsin in the Final Four in 1999-2000.

Prior to rejoining Bennett at UVA, Soderberg had served as head coach at Lindenwood University from 2009-2015.

Green Bay hired Ryan, 41, who is coming off his first college head coaching job at NCAA Division II Wheeling University in West Virginia.

Wahoo to Hokie, unusual twist

Anthony

Enzo Anthony was a sophomore long-snapper for Bronco Mendenhall’s Virginia football program, but in one of the strangest moves in recent Cavalier history, Anthony is now a Hokie.

The Port Charlotte, Fla., native, who is a direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson, announced on his Twitter account on Monday that he is transferring to Virginia Tech.

“First off, I would like to thank everyone at UVA for this past season, especially my teammates, who I am fortunate enough to call my friends,” Anthony tweeted. “I want to send a huge thanks to Coach Fuente, Coach Shibest, and Coach Burnham for this next opportunity. With that being said, I’m excited to announce my commitment to Virginia Tech.”

With Anthony’s transfer to Blacksburg, it is expected that Lee Dudley will move into that position for both punts and field goals. Dudley previously snapped on field goals, while Anthony handled long-snapping duties for punts.

He played in 13 of the Cavaliers’ 14 games last season, missing the William & Mary game only because UVA didn’t punt in that contest.

Comments

  1. karen says:

    Why is he leaving for Virginia Tech? Does he feel he’ll have more playing time?

  2. JAMES JOHN says:

    He wants a better education

  3. Richard Hill says:

    Lol…

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