The new assistants bring a wealth of experience to the performance team
2/2/2023 10:17:00 AM
Dillard (Martinsville, VA and Bassett HS) No stranger to Blacksburg. A former student-athlete, he was a member of the Hawkeyes football team (2005-10), earning his bachelor’s degree in residential property management in 2009. He played in 13 games in 2007 as a wide receiver and kick returner. Dillard was a member of two ACC Championship teams (2007, 2008) and two Orange Bowl teams (2007, 2008) under head coach Frank Beamer.
Dillard began his career at Tech as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant in 2011 and was named associate director of strength and conditioning for men’s and women’s basketball in 2012, a position he held until 2016. The native served as associate director of strength and conditioning for Olympic sports at Tech, designing strength and conditioning programs for track and field, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s tennis and women’s golf.
During these years, the Hokies were a fixture in the postseason. The teams have earned a total of 17 NCAA Tournament berths and nine ACC Championships.
Dillard is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Hardy (Canton, Ohio and Glenoak HS) Comes to Blacksburg after four years as assistant director of sports performance at Old Dominion. In that role, Hardy designed and executed strength and conditioning programs for the football, women’s basketball and women’s rowing teams.
Hardy’s resume includes stops at his alma mater Walsh University (2013-15) and Malone University (2016-19), where he was the head strength and conditioning coach at both schools. The Canton, Ohio native served separate internships in strength and conditioning at Ohio State (2015-16) and Georgia (2019).
He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and holds the RSCC ranking through the NSCA. Hardy is also a certified Sports Performance Coach through USA-Weightlifting (USAW).
Hardy earned a bachelor’s degree in multi-age physical education with a master’s in business administration from Walsh University, where he played college football.
Dillard and Hardy attended Tech football as letterwinners Jarrett Ferguson And Greg Allen As a football strength and conditioning assistant.