Alvin native and 1995 Macedonia High School graduate Pierson Prioleau has started a new journey at college alma mater Virginia Tech.
Last month, Virginia Tech football coach Justin Fuente announced Prioleau would be a director of player development for the defensive unit.
Prioleau went on to star in Blacksburg as a defensive back after a standout career at Macedonia, now Timberland.
He earned four letters at Virginia Tech and was a team captain as senior in 1998. He owns a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Tech.
“Pierson will serve as a valuable resource for our players and coaches with his experience as a former student-athlete at Virginia Tech, along with his NFL experience and background working in education following his playing career,” Fuente said in a press release.
“Pierson possesses valuable relationships with coaches across our region in addition to lifelong bonds with his former teammates that make him an ideal candidate to serve as an ambassador for our program.”
Inducted as part of the ACC Football Legends Class of 2012, Prioleau was a three-year starter for former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer and defensive coordinator Bud Foster, totaling 237 career tackles and two touchdowns. He earned third-team All-America honors from The Sporting News as a junior. As a senior, he led a defense that was first in the Big East in scoring defense, allowing just 12.9 points per game.
Virginia Tech left the Big East for the ACC in 2004.
Prioleau became a fourth-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in the 1999 NFL Draft and eventually played in 160 regular season games over a 12-year career. Prioleau also played for Buffalo (2001-04), Washington (2005-07), Jacksonville (2008) and New Orleans (2009-10). He made 446 total tackles with four fumble recoveries and one interception.
He won a championship ring when the Saints defeated Indianapolis, 31-17, in Super Bowl XLIV.
Prioleau retired from the NFL in 2011 and had been defensive coordinator at Radford (Va.) High School since 2012.