Mike Young Named ACC Coach of the Year

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Mike Young was named Coach of the Year in the ACC, the first Virginia Tech head coach to receive the honor since Seth Greenberg in 2008. (Virginia Tech Athletics)

Mike Young Named ACC Coach of the Year

The ACC announced this morning that Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young has been named ACC Coach of the Year.

From the press release on TheACC.com:

“Virginia Tech’s Young received 26 votes for ACC Coach of the Year to edge Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton (24 votes) and Georgia Tech’s Josh Pastner (16 votes). In his second year with the Hokies, Young guided a team picked for an 11th-place finish in the preseason to a No. 3 ACC Tournament seed. It is only the second time the Hokies (15-5, 9-4 ACC) have been the No. 3 seed in the ACC Tournament (2007) and the first time they have been awarded a double bye since the tourney expanded to 15 teams in 2014. The No. 3 seed ties the highest Virginia Tech has ever earned in the ACC Tournament.

“Young’s selection marks the third time the ACC Coach of the Year honoree has come from Virginia Tech and the first time since 2008 (Seth Greenberg).”

Note: Greenberg also received the honor in 2005, Virginia Tech’s first season in the ACC. That gives the Hokies three COY recipients in their 17 seasons in the league.

Keve Aluma Named All-ACC Second Team

In other news, Virginia Tech’s Keve Aluma was named second-team All-ACC. Here’s the full rundown:

Aluma finished seventh in the conference in scoring (15.9 ppg), seventh in field goal percentage (50.0 percent), fifth in rebounds (8.0 rpg), and eighth in blocks (1.35 bpg).

Full release: ACC 2020-21 Basketball Awards, TheACC.com

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  1. Congratulations to Coach Young and his fantastic VT staff and entire roster. Thank you for the hard work and dedication to VT. GO HOKIES!!!

  2. Congratulations Mike Young! Very well deserved! So awesome to see a former Radford Bobcat doing so well! Your Dad is looking down and smiling and so proud. Good luck in the ACC tournament and the big dance! Go Hokies!🏀🏀

  3. congratulations! Coach Young.

    y’all – coaches, players, managers, trainers, etc. – did a huge lift this year. we all knew the acc preseason low ranking was thoroughly incorrect. we just had to wait and endure through the season for everyone else to catch-up with what we already knew.

    a Hokies we appreciate your effort, energy, and leadership in achieving goals during this your second season, that most hoops-minded Hokies hoped to achieve two or three years from now. we know we haven’t arrived yet: there’s still more to prove in the two imminent tournaments and the many successful seasons to come. and there’s more young men to boost towards successful lives under your guidance in our Hokies basketball program.

    Go Hokies! . . . POPCORN!

  4. Congratulations CMY!!! A job well done by a great man who wants to be at VT. I hope that you retire from here and I will continue to support you with my presence at games as soon as they start again. Prior to hiring the previous coach, I said all along that MY should have been considered and given the job. Hind sight is 20/20!!! Now let’s go get us an ACC tournament title and a great seed in the BIG DANCE.

  5. Congrats to CMY! Dude can coach and he loves Virginia Tech. Good enough for this Hokie alum.


    Congratulations to Aluma (should have been First Team) and Radford (deserved more than a ‘mention’)!

    Looking forward to the ACC Tournament, and beyond!


  7. Congratulations to Coach Young. Most deserving and is the right person for Tech bb. Cool for him and VT!! Go Hokies!!!!

  8. Great news for both of them. Now my three Mike Young Popcorn cups just went up in value.

  9. No other coach had his team finish 8 spots higher than the preseason projection. Great work by a great coach. Well deserved honor.

  10. I thought it would be either Coach Young or Pastner. Both had great years. Congrats to CMY and his team. Now, let’s go win some more. Go Hokies!

  11. He could have been coach of the year last year as well – this team is actually more talented. I hope they get a couple of games in the ACC tournament to get back in a rhythm before the big dance. Congratulations to CMY and the team for a great year (so far).

  12. Excellent! Congratulations Coach Young, the future is surely bright with you at the helm. Thanks for all your hard work!

  13. This is a truly amazing stat – In Mike Young’s 1st 50 games at VT, he’s 30-20. 6 of his wins (20%) are against former NCAA championship coaches, including the last five champs – Izzo ‘00 – Boeheim ‘03 – Krzyzewski ‘15 – Wright ‘16 and ‘18 – Williams ‘17 and Bennett ‘19. The guy is not a fluke…

  14. Way to go Coach, you deserve it. In 2 years taking a gutted team to #3 in the ACC couldn’t go to a better man. Now check with your wife to find out if you got a bonus in your contract.

    Coach ’em up and let’s take the ACC Tourney?

    GO HOKIES!!!

  15. Should have not been that close with all due respect to Hamilton, partly a what’s new and different in a good way in the ACC award. FSU needed to win the league I would think. Also, suspect conveniently dropped road games due to covid, not home games. that’s a strike.

    Kinda interesting the Aluma owned Sam Hauser in that game but, oh well.

    1. Re: Hamilton, I too found this the only real head-scratcher. Personally I would’ve had Pastner as the only true competition to Young for COY, for a very nice late run with GT. Again, Coach Young has been doing it all season, so even then he’d be comfortably ahead of Pastner, IMO.

    2. Mike Young benefited from VT’s COVID pauses, way more than Hamilton did from FSU’s. Enough with the talk about coaches intentionally taking their team’s out of the rotation to benefit them. It was idiotic when it was first proposed. Now it’s flat hypocritical. And still idiotic.

      Also, Mutts covered Hauser when we played. Not Aluma. So Aluma hardly “owned” Hauser.

      1. So, where is the congratulations to Mike Young from you?

        And I don’t think you’re the King. That would be Will. I know I didn’t vote for you!

  16. Mike Young certainly deserves it. And while Aluma deserves the recognition as well, a number of other players had outstanding seasons as well.

  17. Congrats Coach Mike Young …. well deserved…. and THANKS! Aluma second team???? Travesty!

    1. Wouldn’t quite go with travesty, but I think he might’ve made 1st team if he had won/dominated the Moses Wright matchup in the GT game. Not saying it would bump Moses, who would be my POY, but perhaps put Keve above one of the other first-teamers.

      1. I was thinking the same, a little more domination by Aluma or slowing down of Moses in the head to head match would have helped raise Aluma’s stock for first team. Still, I would not trade Aluma for Moses.

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