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Steve Atkinson named director of player development

Mike London added another member to Virginia's football coaching staff (with more likely to come by this point next week). Here is the official release:

Virginia head football coach Mike London has added
Steve Atkinson to his staff as the director of player development. Atkinson
rejoins London after spending the last two seasons as the director of
football operations at Richmond.

³I have been lucky to spend the past two seasons with Steve and he will be
bringing a lot of practical experience to UVa,² said London. ³He has a vast
knowledge of the areas that impact our student-athletes and will be an
excellent off-the-field resource for them to maximize their total experience
at UVa. He will be a tremendous benefit to the program.²

Atkinson directed the day-to-day operations of the Richmond football office
as the Spiders won the FCS National Championship in 2008 and most recently,
a CAA co-championship in 2009. Prior to Richmond, Atkinson was the
defensive coordinator at Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts and served
the same role for the varsity club team at George Mason over a four-year
span. Atkinson served as the webmaster for the George Mason varsity club
football site, recruiting coordinator and camp director.

Prior to coaching at George Mason, Atkinson spent three seasons at Paul VI
High School in a bevy of roles, including offensive and defensive
coordinator, offensive line coach and head coach of the junior varsity
squad. In 1999, Atkinson was the defensive coordinator for the Paul VI team
that won the WCAC championship, as their season culminated with a win over
nationally ranked DeMatha. He also spent the 2001 season as the running
backs and secondary coach at Osbourn High School. He worked at Paul VI from
1997 to 2007 as a facility manager.

A 2004 graduate of National-Louis University, Atkinson earned his bachelor
of science degree in management. He and his wife Pam have three children,
Katie, Zak and Tori. His uncle, Steve Garban, is a former football team
captain at Penn State and vice chairman of the Penn State Board of Trustees
where he also serves as the vice president for finance and operations.

By Zach Berman  |  December 31, 2009; 4:22 PM ET
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I'm starting to feel optimistic about the UVa athletics program, which has been superb with the exception of the high-profile sectors, football and mens basketball. Lots of energy being shown in the football program, a definite upward trend in mens BB, a nationally ranked womens BB team, College World Series in baseball, a national championship in soccer and mens tennis. Keeping fingers crossed....

Posted by: FurnaceCreek | January 3, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

ZB, I don't think he's one of the countable coaches. He's another staffer, but shouldn't be doing on-field activities.

Posted by: SRockville | January 5, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

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