BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Less than a week after Virginia Tech’s season came to an end in the Sweet Sixteen, the Buzz Williams era is over.
After five seasons with the Hokies, Williams is leaving to take the head coaching job at Texas A&M. VT Athletic Director Whit Babcock confirmed the news Wednesday morning.
“Coach Williams made a very positive impact on the culture of our
basketball program at Virginia Tech,” Babcock said in a press release. “We appreciate all
that Buzz and his staff did for our students and our program. We wish
Buzz, Corey and their family the very best as they return to their
home state of Texas.
“Thanks to our talented student-athletes, Coach Williams and his
staff, Virginia Tech is now one of the most attractive jobs in the
nation’s top basketball conference, the ACC,” Babcock continued. “I’m
extremely confident that we’ll be able to identify and hire a new head
coach who can further build on the success our men’s basketball
program has achieved in recent years. Until we have our new head coach
in place, we will have no further comment on our search process.”
In his time in Blacksburg, Williams compiled a 100-69 record. His milestone 100th victory came in the second round of the NCAA tournament against in-state opponent Liberty.
He led the Hokies to three consecutive trips to the Big Dance, a feat never achieved before in the school’s history.
Virginia Tech went 26-9 in Williams’ final season, setting the school record for overall victories and for conference wins. VT earned a No. 4 seed in the East Region, the highest the Hokies had ever earned in the tournament.
Williams is a Texas native and spent two years with Texas A&M for two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under head coach Billy Gillspie from 2004-2006.