Weaver leaves Tech on solid ground

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Jim Weaver has left the Virginia Tech athletic department in sound shape all the way around.  As a result, I believe the open AD position will attract a number of worthy candidates.

There are varying opinions on Jim Weaver and the job he did at Virginia Tech.  Overall the positives clearly outweigh the negatives from my point of view.

The Good

Jim Weaver came to Blacksburg with a vision of building up Tech’s facilities for all sports.  He has succeeded.  Think back to 1997 when Jim Weaver was hired, and picture Virginia Tech’s campus south of Washington Street back then.  Now picture it now.  It’s changed greatly.

Oh my, where do we begin?

New football practice fields: Virginia Tech’s practice fields were moved across Spring Road to their current location behind the North end zone.  This location is much more ideal.

South end zone expansion: Immediately after Weaver arrived, he set his mind on expanding the South end zone.  It increased the capacity of Lane Stadium, and the new club and luxury suites increased the bottom line.

West side expansion: More club and luxury suites, upgraded media facilities, and a student-athlete academic area are some of the improvements made to the West side.

Thompson Field: Tech’s new home for men’s and women’s soccer, as well as Lacrosse, was completed in 2003.  Thompson Field has been gradually improved and updated over the last decade.

Tech Softball Park: This facility has seen the capacity rise from 336 to 1,024 under Weaver’s tenure.  The dugouts have also been renovated, and Tech Softball Park also features the fourth-largest video board in college softball.

English Field: Tech’s baseball stadium has a brand new artificial turf field, as well as an adjacent indoor hitting facility.

Wrestling practice facility: Located