Meet the 2022 Hokies: Ruby Darling

Building on its run to the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, the Virginia Tech women’s soccer team is more than proud to welcome every member of its 2022 signing class as part of the next generation in its long family tradition. Over the coming weeks, Tech will be eagerly introducing their newest class of Hokies one by one as the program eagerly awaits their return to the field.

NOIRSBOURG – Ruby Darling is a five-foot-nine forward and defensive back from Fredericksburg, Va., where she was a varsity letter winner for four years and captain for two years at Mountain View High School in nearby Stafford . Lifelong Virginian, 2021 Free Lance-Star The Player of the Year transfers to her home state at Virginia Tech as a sophomore, after competing in West Virginia in her 2021 rookie season.

“We are thrilled to have Ruby join our team,” said head coach Chugger Adair. “We’ve known her for a while and we’ve seen her play in a number of positions.

“Ruby is versatile, strong and athletic; she can help our team in different ways. We are thrilled to welcome her to our family at Virginia Tech and look forward to the impact she will have on campus.

The youngest of five children, (Anne) Darling comes from an athletic family as her father, Neil, played football at Hobart College while two of her brothers, Brian and Kevin, played lacrosse together at University. Moravian.

A two-sport varsity student-athlete at Mountain View, Darling has excelled in both soccer and indoor track, earning two All-State caps in the former (2019, 2021) while earning four consecutive All-Area caps , all districts and regions. honors (2017-21). On the oval, she co-led the Wildcats 4×400-meter relay team to a school-record time in the Virginia High School League (VHSL) 5D Championship competition.

Beginning her club soccer days with the Virginia State team in the Virginia ODP (Olympic Development Program), Darling quickly became a top 10 national scorer with the Virginia Development Academy ( Woodbridge, Virginia). Most recently, she competed for four years as a forward and defensive back with Richmond United (Richmond, Virginia).

Darling made a reserve appearance at West Virginia in the 2021 season, taking the field in a September game against Kent State.

What schools have you considered? “Air Force, East Carolina, Longwood, Missouri, Virginia Tech and West Virginia (attendance).”

Why Virginia Tech? “I chose to transfer to Virginia Tech because the team and staff showed many factors that were important to me in finding my new home. The team culture is very positive and the staff communicates that the development is important, which is vital to me. I’m also from Virginia and staying in the state is very appealing to me. Virginia Tech is my home!”

What was your favorite dish from your visit to Blacksburg? “I loved trying on Tech’s uniforms, taking pictures and seeing the sports dining room. The facilities here are amazing and I can’t wait to get on the field!”

What do you like about the Tech women’s soccer program? “I love the team culture and atmosphere here. These are things I missed with my former teams that have become hugely attractive attributes of Virginia Tech. The facilities are stunning and the obvious success of the program has made me pushed to become a Hokie.”

What are your footballing strengths? “I would say my strengths in football are definitely my build, size and speed. I’m so excited to be here and improve those attributes.”

Who is your favorite professional player? “My favorite pro player is probably Tobin Heath. I think she’s so fun to watch and so creative. I also love Crystal Dunn because I appreciate how hardworking and relentless she is.”

What is your most memorable football moment? “My most memorable football moment was when I was named player of the year at my high school.

What interests you about studying at Virginia Tech? “My planned major right now is political science and that’s because I plan to go to law school after I graduate. I think this major will be beneficial for my pursuit.”

What is one thing you wish Tech fans knew about you? “I was born and raised in Virginia! I’m excited to play in my home country and learn the ways of the Hokies!”

Stay tuned to over the coming weeks as Tech introduces more members of its 2022 signing class.

James C. Tibbs