A Gym Rat’s Notebook: A Double Scoop, Please

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You have to go back and test your memory, but it was two women’s basketball
coaches ago, and three men’s coaches, before you can correctly answer the
trivia question that perhaps many have not even considered. That question would
be: When was the last season in which both the Virginia Tech’s men’s and women’s
basketball teams competed in postseason play?

The year was 1995 and that will ring a bell for many followers of the
Virginia Tech men’s program, because it was the year that culminated in the
program’s second NIT championship. That tournament crown was captured in New
York City with a 65-64 overtime victory over Marquette, when Bill Foster was
still the Hokie head coach, and when the program was playing its final season in
the Metro Conference. The Hokies finished 25-10 that season.

VT coach Seth Greenberg has
guided the
Hokies into the postseason for the first time
in nearly a decade.

Foster was followed by his assistant on that NIT championship team, Bobby
Hussey, who presided for two seasons at the helm in Blacksburg. After Hussey was
fired following a 10-17 season in 1997-98 and a 13-15 ledger in 1998-99, he was
replaced by Ricky Stokes for four years. Stokes compiled a 46-69 record in his
four seasons, missing out on conference tournament play in his final three
seasons, when Virginia Tech was part of the Big East Conference, before being
dismissed and replaced by current head coach Seth Greenberg. The Hokies were a
member of the Atlantic-10 conference in both of Hussey’s two seasons in
charge, as well as the first year of Stokes’ reign.

The women had an outstanding year back in 1995, in their