“Mike Gentry’s strength and conditioning program was the foundation upon which we built so much success at Virginia Tech,” Beamer said. “Mike poured his heart and soul into our student-athletes for 29 years. He pushed them as athletes and helped make them better people in the process. He sure inspired me, and I know how much he inspired our team. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better in Mike’s capacity.” Coach Frank Beamer, Hall of Fame Football Coach
“Mike Gentry has had as big an impact on this program as anybody that has been in this building,” said Foster. “What he means as far as his toughness, obviously everybody understands the physical part of what he does in the weight room, but the mental part of it, the mental toughness, the mental strength, the attitude, the demeanor, that’s all Mike Gentry. That was our foundation.” Coach Bud Foster, Virginia Tech Defensive Coordinator
“Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp, both NFL Hall of Fame players who played at FSU and Miami, and never throw compliments to anyone….always told me the toughest most physical games they ever played on any level where against VT – that’s because of Coach Gentry…He has had the biggest impact on my life and beyond. I thought all strength coaches would be like him, and was always disappointed because there is no one like coach.” Jim Pyne, All American Offensive Lineman, Virginia Tech; 9 yr NFL Career
Mike Gentry is a former Associate Athletics Director for Athletic Performance who brings his expertise, innovation and leadership to build out and grow collegiate athletic programs.
From his early days at the University of North Carolina, East Carolina University, and, then, Virginia Tech, Gentry developed the strategies and tools that helped individual athletes realize and improve upon their performance. As, first, Director of Strength and Conditioning for Athletics then Assistant Athletics Director for Athletic Performance, he helped Virginia Tech build out their program by introducing the first Sports Psychologist and Sports Nutritionist programs.
In 2011, Gentry became Associate Athletics Director for Athletic Performance, allowing him to provide leadership for a team of talented directors, manage facilities, and direct fundraising initiatives. He built the strategic relationships across the school, alumni, and civic partnerships that ensured the message was being heard. Central to these roles was his management of all Strength and Conditioning Programs, Sports Nutrition Programs and Sports Psychology Programs. He also oversaw several specialized facilities and staff for 21 athletic teams representing over 500 student athletes. He also managed a staff of five Directors, diverse extended staff annd all related coaches, staff and graduate assistants, as well as a multi-million dollar annual budget.
He also supervised the complete refurbishment of the Merryman Strength and Conditioning Facility, as well as managed the development of a new 7,500 square foot Olympic Sports Athletic Performance Center in Cassell Coliseum.
For over a decade, Gentry also served as Adjunct Lecturer within the School of Education at Virginia Tech for multiple courses on the Science and Principles of Strength and Conditioning.
Gentry led a fundraising campaign in association with the Lone Survivor Foundation. The initiative called Hokies Helping Heroes resulted in over $38,000 to support combat veterans and their families
He co-authored two books with Tony Caterisano, Ph.D., a Professor of Exercise Physiology at Furman Universtiy ( A Chance to Win: a complete guide to physical training for football, 2004 and The Ultimate Guide to Physical Training for Football, 2013) and has authored articles in American Football Monthly.
Gentry is a National Hall of Fame Inductee, Coach of the Year and Master Coach. He was inducted into the USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2004, he was awarded the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly. He received recognition as a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2003 by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCSa).
In addition to his leadership role in High School Strength, Gentry serves as a Public and Keynote Speaker to Civic Clubs and organizations, as well as Regional and National Conferences, professional meetings and special events.