Virginia Tech hires Buzz Williams

Virginia Tech hires Buzz Williams
March 21, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Virginia Tech’s hunt for a new basketball coach didn’t last very long.

Brent 'Buzz' Williams will leave Marquette to sign a seven-year deal to become the head coach at Virginia Tech, according to multiple sources.

Williams, 41, was the head coach at Marquette for six years, taking over for Tom Crean after he left for Indiana. The Golden Eagles reached the NCAA Tournament five times under Williams, including two Sweet Sixteen appearances in 2011 and 2012 and the Elite Eight in 2013. He also led the team to a share of the Big East regular season championship in 2012-13. His overall record at Marquette was 139-65.

Virginia Tech fired previous coach James Johnson earlier in the week. In his two season with the Hokies, Johnson managed a record of 22-41 and finished last in the ACC in both seasons.

Williams will bring tournament experience to a program that has very little. Virginia Tech has only reached the tournament once since the 90’s and have only won six tournament games in their history. Williams won eight tournament games in his six seasons with Marquette.

This is the first major hire for Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock who took over after long-time director Jim Weaver retired in December.