Lunsford nabs Virginia Tech staffer for director of football ops

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Matt Transue's worked in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Southeastern Conference and the Triple-A level of Minor League Baseball.

Now Transue, a California native who's spent the past five years helping fill various roles at Virginia Tech, is getting a chance to be the lead in a football operations role.

Sources tell FootballScoop that Transue is exiting his No. 2 role with the Hokies for the opportunity to be the director of football operations in Chad Lunsford's Georgia Southern program.

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Transue's transition to the Eagles' program is immediate.

A University of Tennessee graduate with a master's in sports management, Transue first worked in the recruiting office on Rocky Top. His work with the Volunteers program spanned the end of the Derek Dooley era and the first three seasons of the Butch Jones era, when Tennessee hauled in some of its top recruiting classes of the past decade.

Transue connected with Tech coach Justin Fuente in Memphis. While Transue worked in the front office of the Memphis Redbirds, he volunteered to work in the recruiting office of Fuente's Memphis Tigers football program.

That approach helped Transue make the move with Fuente to Blacksburg, Virginia. He's served as the Hokies' director of pro scouting in addition to his football operations duties.

Lunsford's Georgia Southern program has trended upwards in his three full seasons as head coach. Since taking over on a full-time basis following the firing of Tyson Summers in midway through the 2017 season, Lunsford has guided the Eagles to 25 wins in their last three seasons. Included in that stretch is a pair of bowl victories.