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Hokies hire Wofford's Young as basketball coach

Staff and wire reports • Apr 7, 2019 at 9:58 PM

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech officially hired former Wofford men’s basketball coach Mike Young to replace Buzz Williams on Sunday.

Young is scheduled to be formally introduced during a news conference Monday morning.

“Coach Young has earned tremendous respect and admiration across the nation for the integrity and winning tradition that were trademarks of his program at Wofford,” Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said in a release. “His track record of winning consistently on the basketball court combined with his ability to develop young men into leaders and help them fulfill their potential academically and athletically appealed to us at Virginia Tech. His propensity as a recruiter, a teacher and an innovative coach are all attributes that will serve him well at Tech.

“We are excited to welcome Coach Young and Margaret to the Virginia Tech community along with their daughter, Cooper, and their son, Davis. I’m confident that Hokies everywhere will embrace them as we embark on the next chapter in the history of our basketball program. Owning ties to the New River Valley and longstanding relationships with coaches across the ACC region, we felt that Coach Young would be a natural fit to lead our program at Tech.”

Young was 299-244 in 17 years at Wofford and was selected as the Southern Conference coach of the year four times, including this season. His Terriers went 30-5 and beat Seton Hall 84-68 in the first round of the NCAA tournament last month.

Wofford made five NCAA tournament appearances during the past 10 seasons under Young, winning the SoCon title three times in that span.

The 55-year-old Young took over as Wofford’s coach in 2002 after serving as an assistant for 13 seasons. He previously was an assistant at Radford for one season and for two at Emory & Henry College, where he played four years of college ball. He graduated from E&H in 1986.

“On behalf of my entire family, we are humbled and honored to serve as the stewards of the men’s basketball program at Virginia Tech,” Young said in the Virginia Tech release. “We are extremely grateful to President (Tim) Sands and Whit for extending this opportunity to us that we will embrace with great fervor and enthusiasm. I’ve long admired Virginia Tech from afar for its principles, as well as for the ability of its athletic programs to consistently win with integrity. I can’t wait to meet our student-athletes, support staff and fans as we prepare to get to work in Blacksburg.”

Williams, the Hokies’ coach for the past five years, left after this season to take the same position at Texas A&M. Virginia Tech made it to the Sweet 16 of this year’s NCAA tournament before losing to Duke.