Hokies set to hire Buzz Williams

Chris Coleman, TechSideline.com, on March 21, 2014
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Welcome to the Whit Babcock era.  Virginia Tech is set to hire Buzz Williams as the new head basketball coach of the Hokies.

Williams has been the head coach at Marquette since 2008-09, and he led his team to five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances…

2008-09: 25-10, NCAA Second Round
2009-10: 22-12, NCAA First Round
2010-11: 22-15, NCAA Sweet 16
2011-12: 27-8, NCAA Sweet 16
2012-13: 26-9, NCAA Elite 8
2013-14: 17-15

The 2013-14 was disappointing for Williams and Marquette, but you can’t argue with his record and results in those first five years.  The Hokies are getting a proven basketball coach who was a big-time winner in the Big East.  Virginia Tech has won six NCAA Tournament games in school history.  Buzz Williams won eight NCAA Tournament games in his tenure at Marquette.

“I am extremely excited about welcoming Buzz Williams to the Hokie Nation,” Whit Babcock said in a press release. “Buzz is a proven winner who has earned his way up through the ranks with a strong track record of success. I am confident he will energize our fan base and help make Virginia Tech Basketball competitive in the Atlantic Coast Conference. I know he will recruit at the highest level.”

Williams is known as a high-energy guy and a very good recruiter.  He also has a good relationship with Boo Williams, the most high-profile AAU program in the state of Virginia.

“It’s never easy to leave a great school like Marquette, where I spent seven wonderful years, six as the head coach,” Williams said. “But this is a special situation to work at a place like Virginia Tech. I’ve heard tremendous things about this terrific institution and this is an outstanding opportunity to build a program. My family and I look forward to becoming a part of this great university and community, and taking on the challenges associated in succeeding in the ACC.”

Williams deal is reportedly for seven years for approximately $18 million, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

Virginia Tech will welcome Buzz Williams to Blacksburg with a formal press conference on Monday at 6pm on the floor in Cassell Coliseum.  The general public is invited to attend, and admission is free.

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