Hello Hokie Nation
I hope you folks weren't as anxious as I was for the Post to name its new Virginia Tech beat writer, because I'm pretty sure I spent enough hours speculating about the decision for all of us. But if you were, the wait is over.
Hello, my name is Mark Giannotto and I will be guiding you through the ups-and-downs (and hopefully it's mostly ups) of Virginia Tech athletics over the next year.
To give you a little background, I'm a D.C. area native who grew up in Potomac, Maryland. I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2008, the first senior class in more than 40 years to never witness a football victory over Ohio State. As a college reporter, I was in the trenches covering Bo Schembechler's death, Tommy Amaker's firing, John Beilein's hiring, the Appalachian State debacle, Lloyd Carr's retirement, and the beginning of the Rich Rodriguez era.
I spent the summer after college working on the metro desk at the New York Sun in New York City before coming back home to cover high school sports in Northern Virginia. Last August I was hired by the Post, and over the past year I've mostly covered the preps scene while also dabbling in Washington Capitals coverage. I also freelanced for the Express, D.C.'s free metro daily and owned by the Post, where I wrote about the NHL and Georgetown basketball.
How does this relate to you, the loyal Virginia Tech fan? Well, if you're interested in finding out the strengths and weaknesses of D.C. products like freshmen Ricardo Young, Chase Williams, or Brian Laiti, I've got a pretty good idea about that since I've been to more high school games than I can count over the past two years. But mostly I just want you, the reader, to get to know me a little better. I want this blog to become a community of sorts, where your opinions are just as important as mine.
So with that in mind, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below with any suggestions you think would make the Post's Virginia Tech coverage even better than it has been in the past. And if you haven't done so already, follow our Hokies Journal twitter account, where I'll try to give you some 140-character takes on what I'm covering.
As Matt said in a previous post, we'll have plenty of Hokies coverage over the coming week from various Post reporters. You'll have to bear with me for a few days as I relocate from Washington, D.C. down to Blacksburg, but I should be up-and-running by next Monday, seven days before a certain nationally-televised season opener takes place at Fedex Field.
This is a really exciting opportunity for me and I'm looking forward to digging my claws into everything Hokies-related. Until then ... does anyone know a good place to find housing in Blacksburg on short notice?
August 24, 2010; 2:11 PM ET
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