Buzz Williams changed basketball culture at Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) -- To say Buzz Williams changed the culture at Virginia Tech is an understatement.

"It's gotten to the point I started calling us a basketball school," said Tech sophomore Aaron Evans.

It's unlikely anyone was saying that after the team won just two conference games in Williams' first year in Blacksburg.

But four seasons and nearly 90 wins later, the man whose motto is "Get Better" has helped put the Hokies back on the map.

"People wanted to go to the games just because Buzz was there and he was dancing on the sidelines and rallying our guys to want to compete in Cassell," said fifth-year student Jimmy Purcell.

Williams' last year at Tech was his best, winning a school-record 26 games and leading the team to its first Sweet 16 since 1967.

His organization, Buzz's Bunch, invited local children with special needs to share in Williams' love of basketball, allowing his impact to reach beyond the gates of Cassell.

"It's definitely disappointing but I think everybody here respects him enough to understand why he's leaving and not have any real hard feelings about it," said sophomore Colin Farrell. "I mean, he's a great guy, great coach."

Beyond his sense of humor and vibrant quote t-shirts, Williams' relationship with his players is what stood out at Virginia Tech.

"Buzz has meant a lot to me," said senior guard Ahmed Hill. "More of a father figure than a basketball coach."

True to his motto, in all facets of the game, there's no denying that under Buzz Williams, the Hokies got better.