BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech fired men's basketball coach James Johnson on Monday.
Johnson just finished his second season as the Hokies' coach. He took over for Seth Greenberg after Greenberg was fired following the 2012 season.
This is athletic director Whit Babcock's first major move since being hired in January. Babcock replaced Jim Weaver, who retired at the end of 2013 because of health issues.
“I want to thank Coach Johnson for his dedication and hard work for our university and our basketball program over the past seven years,” Babcock said in a statement. “A change of this significance affects many people and is never taken lightly, but I felt a change and a new direction was necessary for the long term, best interest of our department.”
In Johnson's two seasons as head coach, Virginia Tech had a 22-41 overall record and was 6-30 in the ACC. The Hokies finished this season with a 2-16 ACC record.
Johnson was an assistant coach at Virginia Tech for five seasons before being named as Greenberg's replacement.
Babcock said the search for a new coach will begin immediately. Virginia Tech has a news conference scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning to discuss Johnson's dismissal.
Here is the news release from Virginia Tech:
Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock announced today that James Johnson has been relieved of his duties as head men’s basketball coach. In making the announcement, Babcock said a national search for Johnson’s replacement will begin immediately.
“I want to thank Coach Johnson for his dedication and hard work for our university and our basketball program over the past seven years,” Babcock said. “A change of this significance affects many people and is never taken lightly, but I felt a change and a new direction was necessary for the long term, best interest of our department.”
Johnson just completed his second season as head coach of the Hokies. He spent the previous five seasons on the Tech staff, serving as an assistant from 2007-2011 before being promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2012-13 season. He had accepted an assistant coaching position at Clemson on April 13, 2012, but returned to Blacksburg soon thereafter to take the head coaching position previously held by Seth Greenberg.
Babcock will meet with the media at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday in the Shott Media Center. The media session will be streamed live on hokiesports.com.
This will be Babcock’s only media availability until the announcement of the new coach.