Virginia Tech hires Whit Babcock as AD

Chris Coleman, TechSideline.com, on January 24, 2014
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Virginia Tech has hired Cincinnat’s Whit Babcock as its new athletic director.

Babcock has been Cincinnati’s athletic director since 2011.  Since his arrival, he has hired Tommy Tuberville as the Bearcats’ head football coach, and he’s raised $86 million in private donations and personal seat licenses for the renovation of Nippert Stadium.

Babcock was an Associate AD at Missouri, Auburn and West Virginia for five years each before landing the Cincinnati job.  He was primarily responsible for fundraising at each school.  At Missouri, his department set new records for fundraising and Tiger Club members.  At West Virginia, private donations increased by more than 200% under his watch.

A native of Harrisonburg, VA, Babcock played baseball at James Madison.  He graduated from JMU in 1992, and received his master’s degree in Sports Management from West Virginia in 1996.

We’ll have more on Babcock when his press conference is held.  That is expected to happen next week.  Here is a link to his bio on the Cincinnati website.

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