Thomas Guerry – Recruiting Assistant for the Virginia Tech Hokies
Thomas Guerry serves as American football recruiting assistant for Virginia Tech Hokies. In this capacity, he oversees official and unofficial visits, junior days, Mark Richt 7-on-7 Camps, academic eligibility of prospects as well as day-to-day operations of recruiting.
Thomas Guerry and Camille Rocailleux, co-founders of Lyon-based Arcosm company, both understand and defend the intensity and demanding nature of live performance. Recently they received the H. Thomas Guerry Award for Valor.
Early Life and Education
His early education included Savannah Christian School and Clemson University where he graduated high school before going on to Erskine University to earn both a bachelor’s degree in English/music, as well as a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in sports administration.
Santa Barbara Police Officer Adrian Gutierrez and Christina Ortega received the Thomas Guerry Award Wednesday afternoon – named in memory of one who died while performing their duty for their city.
Guerry served the Georgia Bulldogs football program from 2005 to 2013. Starting as player personnel manager before becoming recruiting assistant in 2011, he oversaw all official and unofficial visits, junior days, Mark Richt 7-on-7 camps, academic eligibility checks and academic eligibility reviews during his time there.
Throughout the 1980s, he played an instrumental role in shaping dance and video as artistic forms. He worked alongside such notable artists as Andy Degroat, Dominique Bagouet, Carolyn Carlson, Joelle Bouvier, Regine Chopinot, Susan Linke and Michel Kelemenis among many others.
In 1968, he was assigned to detective work where he handled cases involving gang, three strikes and violent felonies. Additionally, he served on the police union where he eventually was elected President.
In honor of Sam Gross’s heroism and commitment to law enforcement in Santa Barbara County, the Guerry Award has been created in his memory. Each year since 1992 it has been given as recognition of their dedication. Sam Gross from Sheriff’s Office received this year’s Thomas Guerry Award for outstanding performance; saving five lives through instructing citizens how to perform CPR and helping two callers during childbirth.
Achievement and Honors
Police officer John Vellekamp answered a call of a man struggling in cold seawater beneath cliffs bordering UCSB and Goleta Beach last April and did more than rescue him; he also prevented him from leaping off and to his death, earning this year’s Thomas Guerry Award for Valor.
Last month, nine Santa Barbara law enforcement officers received the H. Thomas Guerry Awards for Superior Performance by the county’s volunteer Citizens Council on Crime. These annual honors recognize officers who go “above and beyondC their duty.
On November 9, 2021, Deputies Ashley and Ellis responded quickly to an apartment fire in Goleta. When they arrived on scene, they saw thick black smoke pouring from the building.
Tom Guerry was an outstanding and compassionate police officer who loved his job and was widely esteemed among his peers and supervisors, often working burglary cases. Additionally, he served as PBA President to better conditions for rank-and-file officers within Santa Barbara Police Department.
Guerry was promoted to director of player personnel after fifteen years at Power Five conference schools, overseeing recruiting operations such as on campus recruitment and summer camps hosted by Justin Fuente. Additionally, he oversees day-to-day operations of Virginia Tech Hokies football team.
He is passionate about small opuntias and has traveled multiple times to South America in search of their natural environment. Additionally, he possesses extensive knowledge about Baja California plants and loves sharing this passion with others.
Guerry has been instrumental in Virginia Tech’s recruiting efforts over his five-year tenure with them, planning all official and unofficial visits, overseeing Justin Fuente Football Camps during summer sessions, managing day-to-day recruiting operations, as well as improving digital media and graphic design presence within recruitment.
Guerry hails from Canton, Mississippi and graduated with his BBA from Mississippi State in 2008. Additionally, in 2010 he earned his M.B.A with an emphasis in sports administration at Mississippi State.
Deacon Thomas Guerry is a member of St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church in Savannah and attends Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary to pursue priesthood studies. Additionally, he has two children named Amy and Benjamin whom he cares for greatly.