Blacksburg, VA — Virginia Tech announced this evening that Director of Athletics Whit Babcock has agreed in principal to a contract extension with Virginia Tech through June 30, 2024.
Babcock has been Virginia Tech’s athletic director since January of 2014, and in nearly three years on the job, has made significant coaching hires (men’s basketball coach Buzz Williams, football coach Justin Fuente, women’s basketball coach Kenny Brooks, and women’s lacrosse coach John Sung), has implemented a major facilities initiative (the English Field/Rector Field House project), has advanced Virginia Tech athletics sponsorships and fund-raising, and has reshaped the department to be more competitive in intercollegiate athletics.
“Whit has done an outstanding job during his short tenure here, leading our athletics program with integrity, professionalism, and unrelenting commitment to excellence,” Virginia Tech President Tim Sands said in a hokiesports.com press release. “More than that, he has embraced the spirit of Virginia Tech, which has been reflected in the quality and character of his coaches and staff, and the accomplishments of our student-athletes both on and off the field. We hope to keep Whit and his family in Blacksburg for many years to come.”
Babcock’s statement from the same press release said:
“I am very thankful to Dr. Sands and the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors for this contract extension. My family and I love it in Blacksburg, this is home, and it is a blessing and honor to be here during such a dynamic time at Virginia Tech, both academically and athletically. I am also grateful to our staff and coaches in the athletics department who are doing an amazing job and creating such a special culture here. Athletics directors often get too much credit and this is certainly one of those instances.
“I am honored and humbled by the extension and the faith placed in us to keep the positive momentum going and we will do that,” added Babcock. “We will continue to work hard to create a first-class ‘student-athlete experience’ and strive to make the entire Hokie Nation proud of our competitive success, now and for years to come.”
For more information on the contract extension and Whit Babcock’s accomplishments at Virginia Tech, see the hokiesports.com press release.