Virginia Tech announced Friday that they have hired Buzz Williams as the new head men’s basketball coach.
“I am extremely excited about welcoming Buzz Williams to the Hokie Nation,” director of athletics Whit Babcock said. “Buzz is a proven winner who has earned his way up through the ranks with a strong track record of success. I am confident he will energize our fan base and help make Virginia Tech Basketball competitive in the Atlantic Coast Conference. I know he will recruit at the highest level.”
Williams has signed a seven-year deal with the Hokies. He replaces James Johnson who was fired after winning just 22 games in two seasons.
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Williams took Marquette to five NCAA Tournament appearances in his six seasons as head coach after Tom Crean left for Indiana. Williams was 139-65 with a sweet sixteen and an elite eight appearance at Marquette. His track record gives Hokie fans a lot to be excited about, but they also are excited about his high-energy coaching style.
“It’s never easy to leave a great school like Marquette, where I spent seven wonderful years, six as the head coach,” Williams said in a statement. “But this is a special situation to work at a place like Virginia Tech. I’ve heard tremendous things about this terrific institution and this is an outstanding opportunity to build a program. My family and I look forward to becoming a part of this great university and community, and taking on the challenges associated in succeeding in the ACC.”