Tony Ball, who has coached wide receivers for Virginia Tech since 1998, has a long history of coaching both receivers and running backs. Prior to joining the Hokies' staff, Ball served as receivers coach at Louisville (1995-97), running backs coach at the College of Holy Cross (1992-94), receivers coach at UT-Chattanooga (1990-91), running backs coach at East Tennessee (1989), and receivers coach at UT-Chattanooga (1988). He also served as a volunteer running backs coach at South Carolina (1987). During the summers of 1996 and '97, Ball participated in the National Football League's Minority Internship Program with the Baltimore Ravens.
A graduate of UT-Chattanooga, Ball began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Austin Peay (1985-86) where he earned his master's degree in health and nutrition.
Ball played football for the late Joe Morrison at UTC where he was a standout running back (1977-80) who set numerous school kickoff return records and was recently named to the school's All-Century Team. He earned his undergraduate degree in criminal justice. Ball is married to the former Maria Ann Slayden. They have two children: Anthony, 15, and Keshea, 14.