Virginia Tech to hire Wofford's Mike Young as head men's basketball coach

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BLACKBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Virginia Tech President Dr. Tim Sands and Director of Athletics Whit Babcock announced on Sunday that Mike Young has accepted the men’s basketball head coaching position at Virginia Tech.

“We are fortunate to have been able to recruit Mike Young to Virginia Tech, not only because of his proven leadership and coaching ability but because Coach Young is home in Southwest Virginia and leads his life in the true Hokie tradition of integrity and commitment to service,” Dr. Sands said. “I look forward to the excitement and success we will enjoy as Coach Young and his student-athletes hit the court and compete to win. Laura and I are excited to welcome Coach Young and his family to Virginia Tech and Blacksburg. We look forward to sharing our campus and the many Hokie traditions that make this place home for all of us.”

“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,” Babcock said. “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,” Babcock continued. “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.

In addition to a host of coaching accolades, Young currently serves as a member of the NCAA’s Men’s Basketball Ethics Committee.

“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. “We are extremely grateful to President 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.”

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Sources close to WDBJ7's Travis Wells say that Wofford's Mike Young will become Virginia Tech's next head men's basketball coach.

Following a run to the Sweet 16, the Hokies lost their head man Buzz Williams to Texas A&M after five seasons at the helm. Williams won 100 games at Virginia Tech and made three consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament.

Young, a Radford, Virginia native, and Emory & Henry graduate started at Wofford in 1989 as an assistant and spent 13 years in that position as the Terriers transitioned to a Division I program from the Division II ranks. Young ascended to head coach in 2002 and has been there since then.

Young has amassed a 299-244 record and made five NCAA tournament trips as the Terriers head man. The Terriers joined the Southern Conference in 1997 and under Young have won two SoCon South division titles (2010, 2011) and two SoCon regular-season titles (2015, 2019) and five SoCon Tournament championships (2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2019). In 2017, the Terriers defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels, giving the program their first ever win vs. a top 25 team.

Young, the 2019 winner of Sporting News National Coach of the Year award led the Terriers to a 30-5 overall record and 18-0 in the Southern Conference. The Terriers lost in the second round of this year's NCAA tournament.

The Hokies are littered with NBA talent, so it remains to be seen what kind of roster Young will have to work with next season. The Hokies have three players in their 2019 recruiting class as well that will help Young's transition become seamless as possible.

Just like Buzz Williams is returning home, Mike Young will be as well. Young will look to continue upon the program that Williams laid the foundation for over the past few years.