Hamilton, who appeared in 52 games while playing several positions for Virginia Tech from 2002-05 under Frank Beamer, spent the past year as the Hokies’ director of player development for the defense.
“Justin has more than proven his mettle to our staff over the past year and has earned this opportunity to take the next step in his football career,” Fuente said in a statement from the university. “We know how invested Justin is in the continued success of our program.
“He’s a bright and talented coach who has built a solid rapport with our players and football staff. Coach Foster and I are both excited to expand his responsibilities with our team.”
Hamilton spent four seasons on the VMI coaching staff before returning to Blacksburg in 2018. He worked as the Keydets’ inside linebackers coach in 2017 after a three-year stint coaching outside linebackers. He also served as co-special teams coordinator for his final three seasons in Lexington. Hamilton joined VMI after serving as defensive coordinator at Virginia-Wise from 2011-13. He also was a strength and conditioning coordinator at Virginia-wise from 2010-11.
Hamilton was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL draft. He also spent time with Washington Redskins during the 2008 season before retiring from the NFL.