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Virginia Tech introduces Mike Young as new men's basketball coach

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Before the official end of college basketball season, Virginia Tech is already preparing for next season.

The Hokies held a news conference Monday to make the hiring of new men's basketball coach Mike Young official.

Young, a Radford native, spent the past 30 years coaching at Wofford College in South Carolina. 

He compiled a 299-244 (.551) overall record at Wofford and earned Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors four times (2010, 2014, 2015 and 2019). While at Wofford, Young's teams made five NCAA Tournament appearances.

It took Tech less than a week to find Buzz Williams' replacement. Williams left Blacksburg to take the head coaching position at Texas A&M.

"I could not be more thrilled to be here as a hokie, my love for all originated in this building many years ago ... I have felt his building shake and to be standing over there as your basketball coach for a long time is meaningful to me and I'm so excited I can't stand it," said Mike Young.

"We've got a plan in place and we will begin that implementation right away.

"Doing it with high caliber people that want to be part of something that's bigger than them individually," Young said. 

Athletic Director Whit Babcock said the goal of this hire was to find someone who could bring, build and sustain success.

"Coach Young was on our list early. I certainly knew about him 5 years ago when we did our previous hire but this time we were a little more broad based,  we called a bunch of people, we interviewed a number on the phone but we only sat in front of one guy and that was coach Young .. he was impressive and it was a no brainer that he was the guy for us," said Babcock.

Young said his goal is to take the Virginia Tech program from that of a challenger brand to that of a champion brand.


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