CHARLOTTESVILLE — Another member of Mike London’s staff is in place, and UVa’s new football coach didn’t have to look far to find him.
Brandon Hourigan is staying on as head strength-and-conditioning coach for football, London said Monday afternoon.
London and Hourigan worked together for one year at the University of Richmond. After the Spiders won the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision title in 2008, Hourigan left to replace Matt Balis as UVa’s director of football training and player development.
“It was great when I worked with Coach at Richmond,” Hourigan said Monday night. “He definitely has an open mind to a lot of different things.
“Once I knew he got the job here, I was psyched. I’m looking forward to working with him again and helping turn this thing around. I know he’s the guy to do it.”
Hourigan spent four seasons at UR become coming to UVa, which finished 3-9 this season.
London, UR’s head coach the past two seasons, will have nine assistant coaches. Four have been hired, including one holdover from Al Groh’s staff, Anthony Poindexter.
The other three worked for London at UR: Jeff Hanson, Vincent Brown and Mike Faragalli.
“All the guys he brought in from Richmond are great,” Hourigan said.
With final exams over, UVa’s players have scattered for the holidays. When they return to Grounds next month, the players will start an offseason conditioning program that Hourigan said will differ markedly from the one they went through last winter.