Hokies Mike Young’s contract extended through 2027 season
Virginia Tech director of athletics Whit Babcock announced Friday that the contracts or letters of appointment of six Tech head coaches have been extended as indicated below. Mike Young (men’s basketball) and John Szefc (baseball) are both under contract through the 2027 seasons, while Dave Cianelli (track and field, cross country) is under contract through 2024. The other three coaches have had their letters of appointment extended through the dates indicated below.
Virginia Tech coach Mike Young apologizes for Jehovah Witnesses comment
Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young celebrates with his team after a score during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wake Forest, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Blacksburg, Va. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool)Days before the biggest game of his Virginia Tech career, Virginia Tech basketball coach Mike Young is apologizing for a comment he made during media availability. We’re playing the Gators, man, we’re playing the Gators. GO get your stuff packed and get out of here.’ It may not be that tough, but let’s play well and play a good ball game. Let’s see what happens.” Mike YoungHours after that, Young issued the following apology. “Earlier today on the NCAA Tournament conference call, I attempted to show my respect for our upcoming opponent, the University of Florida.
Commonwealth well represented at NCAA Tournament
ROANOKE, Va. – Sunday’s NCAA Selection Show yielded rich results for 5 schools across the Commonwealth. “It’s certainly a unique way to prepare for the NCAA Tournament,” Bennett said. In just his second year in Blacksburg, ACC Coach of the Year Mike Young, has guided the Hokies to their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance, fourth consecutive. The Spartans were last in the NCAA DI Tournament in 2012 as a No. This marks the Rams’ 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Going dancing: Virginia Tech tabbed as a 10 seed for NCAA Tournament
ROANOKE, Va. – During Sunday’s NCAA Selection Show, it was announced that Virginia Tech would be a 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament. This will mark the Hokies’ 12th appearance in the ‘Big Dance’, after making three consecutive trips from 2017-2019 under Buzz Williams. “To me, it’s never been about the reaction to the seed, but rather enjoying the reaction of our kids when they see Virginia Tech pop up on the screen,” Tech coach Mike Young said. It was the first time since the field expanded to 15 teams that Virginia Tech had earned a double-bye and only the second time in school history they had received the three seed. Virginia Tech will open play on Friday against No.
Mike Young named ACC Coach of the Year, Cavaliers’ Hauser named to All-ACC 1st team
In his second year with the Hokies, Young guided a team picked for an 11th-place finish in the preseason to a No. 3 seed ties the highest Virginia Tech has ever earned in the ACC Tournament. Young’s selection marks the third time the ACC Coach of the Year honoree has come from Virginia Tech and the first time since 2008 (Seth Greenberg). Wright is the second Georgia Tech player to earn ACC Player of the Year honors and the first since Dennis Scott in 1990. Wright, who ranks sixth in the league in blocked shots with 38, also earned a spot on this year’s All-ACC Defensive Team.
Virginia Tech tabbed as No. 3 seed in ACC Tournament
3 seed in the ACC Tournament (2007) and the first time they have been awarded a double bye, since the tourney expanded to 15 teams in 2014. 3 seed ties the highest Tech has ever been ranked in the ACC Tournament. Tech is 10-16 all-time in the ACC Tournament, including being 3-7 in Greensboro Coliseum, and is 1-1 as the No. AdThe 68th annual ACC Tournament will have all of its games nationally televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ACC Network. The full 2021 New York Life ACC Tournament schedule:Tuesday, March 9First Round 2 p.m. - No.
Virginia Tech-North Carolina matchup postponed due to COVID-19
Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young coaches from the bench in the second half of the Virginia Tech - Virginia Military Institute NCAA basketball game in Blacksburg Va. Thursday December 3 2020. Virginia Tech won the game 64-57. (AP Photo / MATT GENRTY, The Roanoke Times, Pool)ROANOKE, Va. – On Saturday, the ACC announced that Tuesday’s Virginia Tech-North Carolina matchup has been postponed following a positive test coming from the Hokies program. Virginia Tech hasn’t played since Feb. 6 when it defeated Miami. According to the Hokies’ schedule, as of now, their next game would be on Feb. 20 against the previously mentioned Seminoles.
Louisville at Virginia Tech hoops postponed
Virginia Tech's Mike Young, center top, talks to his team during a timeout in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
No. 16 Virginia Tech escapes with overtime win in Miami
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Nahiem Alleyne hit a go-ahead jumper with 25 seconds remaining in overtime and No. 16 Virginia Tech defeated Miami 80-76 on Saturday afternoon. Hunter Cattoor’s two late free throws secured the win for the Hokies (14-4, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Cattoor, who had14 points, forced the overtime with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 74. The basket erased Isaiah Wong’s go-ahead three-pointer with 2.4 seconds remaining for Miami.
Johnson ends slump, Pitt tops No. 16 Virginia Tech 83-72
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Xavier Johnson scored a career-high 32 points and Pittsburgh beat No. 16 Virginia Tech 83-72 to end a three-game skid. He shot 11 of 17 from the floor, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range, as the Panthers had their way against a usually stingy Virginia Tech defense. They were more physical, they threw the ball into the post, we had absolutely no answer for Johnson,” said Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young. They made sure to let us know that pittsburg identity is to be an extremely physical team,” said Hokies forward Justyn Mutts.
No. 20 Virginia Tech rallies in 2nd half, beats No. 8 Virginia
20 Virginia Tech to a 65-51 win over No. The Hokies rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half and snapped a four-game losing streak to the Cavaliers. “I think it was an 8 point Virginia lead at the under 12. I thought the ball was moving a little bit better and I thought we screened a little bit better from that point on,” said Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young. We played well as a team, I thought it was a great team win and a great win to keep moving forward in ACC play,” said Hokies guard Hunter Cattoor.
Syracuse dominates No. 16 Virginia Tech in 78-60 win
Jan 23, 2021; Syracuse, New York, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Joseph Girard III (11) drives the ball past Virginia Tech Hokies guard Nahiem Alleyne (4) in the first half at the Carrier Dome. 16 Virginia Tech 78-60 on Saturday. Nahiem Alleyne led Virginia Tech with a season-tying-high 20 points. Virginia Tech closed to 47-44 on a lay-in by David N'Guessan with 13:45 to go, then Syracuse outscored the Hokies 31-9 to build its biggest lead of the game at 78-53. “Their zone was good today,” said Virginia Tech coach Mike Young.
Radford helps No. 20 Virginia Tech beat Wake Forest 64-60
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Tyrece Radford scored 20 points to help No. 20 Virginia Tech hold off Wake Forest 64-60. Virginia Tech won despite committing 15 turnovers while having quiet days from top scorers Keve Aluma and Jalen Cone. I credit Oguama, and I credit the Demon Deacons,” said Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young. Ismael Massoud scored 12 points for Wake Forest, which was playing a fourth straight game against a ranked league opponent.
No. 20 Virginia Tech takes down No. 19 Duke
Virginia Tech won the game 74-67. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool)BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech played with a high level of intensity of both ends of the floor Tuesday night on its way to a 74-67 victory over Duke. Virginia Tech also stepped up on defense by forcing 12 turnovers and turning them into 13 points. Duke fought hard in the second half behind a strong performance from Jeremy Roach who led with a game-high 22 points. “I was pleased with their, you know, their patience there,” said Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young.
Cone, No. 19 Hokies shut down Fighting Irish 77-63
Virginia Tech's Jalen Cone 15 shoots a 3-point basket in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Blacksburg, Va., Sunday January10 2021. Virginia Tech won the game 77-63. 19 Virginia Tech to a 77-63 victory against Notre Dame. Notre Dame who’s really good offensively, had a hard time getting a shot,” said Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young. And they get going and now the whole team gets going,” Cone said.
Virginia Tech at Virginia Men’s Basketball Postponed
(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. Virginia Tech's Mike Young, center top, talks to his team during a timeout in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that the Virginia Tech at Virginia men’s basketball game has been postponed. The postponement follows a positive test, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing with a Virginia men’s basketball staff member. The team is adhering to the outlined protocols within the ACC Medical Advisory Group report, which is available on theACC.com (full report). Below is the revised ACC Men’s Basketball schedule for Saturday, January 2:Noon - Louisville @ Boston College (RSN)2 p.m. - Clemson @ Miami (RSN)4 p.m. - Notre Dame @ North Carolina (ACCN)8 p.m. - Duke @ Florida State (ESPN2)The full 2020-21 ACC men’s basketball schedule can be found on theACC.com.
No. 24 Virginia Tech holds off Miami 80-78 in ACC battle
Virginia Tech won the game 80-78. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool)BLACKSBURG, Va. – Keve Aluma scored a career-high 26 points and No. 24 Virginia Tech made crucial free throws in the final minute on the way to an 80-78 victory over Miami. The Hokies won their fourth straight game and will enter 2021 atop of the ACC standings. Isaiah Wong and Matt Cross paced Miami with 16 points apiece.
Cone gets 18 off bench as No. 24 Virginia Tech tops Longwood
Virginia Tech's Jalen Cone 15 shoots a 3-pint basket in the first half of the Longwood - Virginia Tech NCAA basketball game in Blacksburg Va. Monday December 21 2020. (AP Photo / MATT GENRTY, The Roanoke Times, Pool)BLACKSBURG, Va. – Jalen Cone scored 18 points off the bench to lead No. 24 Virginia Tech over Longwood 84-58. Keve Aluma added 14 points and Joe Bamisile finished with 11, leading a balanced Virginia Tech offense as 10 players scored. The Hokies, though, scored on their next 13 possessions to pull away.
Hokies battle past ‘pesky’ VMI 64-57
Blacksburg, Va. – RECORDS AND NOTABLES ● Virginia Tech moves to 4-0 on the season after taking down VMI 64-57. ● Tech forced VMI to commit nine turnovers and the Hokies scored 13 points off those turnovers. ● KEY FIRST HALF RUN: With just over 5 minutes left in the half, tied at 16-16 Tech went on a 12-2 run giving the Hokies a 28-18 edge. ● KEY SECOND HALF RUN: Late in the second half the Hokies went on a 10-2 run to give Tech a 53-47 advantage. This run would prove to be enough as the Hokies defeated VMI 64-57.
Virginia Tech’s Mike Young navigating COVID-19 challenges with ease, ready for season opener
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech men’s basketball head coach Mike Young has learned a lot from the Virginia Tech football team on how to navigate the trying times of playing and practicing through the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re talking about that in our timeouts and how we’re going to be spaced," said Young. “We’re never going to bring them together as a unit on the practice floor,” Young said. “When I have five or six of them, they are behind me, they are spaced out, and I have a board I’m holding above my head. It’s different, and the pace of our practice is still much the same, but I feel very good.”Virginia Tech is scheduled to tip off against Radford on Wednesday, November 25.
Virginia Tech men’s basketball releases 2020-2021 ACC schedule
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The long await is over, as the ACC released its men’s basketball slate on Tuesday, with the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team playing 20 conference games, beginning on Dec. 15 in Cassell Coliseum versus Clemson. 4 Virginia on Jan. 30, No, 9 Duke on either Jan. 12-13 and No. 21 Florida State on either Feb. 9-10. They will play both the Cavaliers (Jan. 2) and Seminoles (Jan. 20) on the road, too, as well as No. Capacity at Cassell Coliseum for the upcoming season is currently set at 1,000 based on Commonwealth of Virginia regulations.
Virginia Tech coaches, families make $20,000 donation to Carilion’s COVID-19 fund
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Hokie coaches and their families are stepping up in the fight against COVID-19. Virginia Teach head football coach Justin Fuente and wife Jenny, along with men’s basketball head coach Mike Young and wife Margaret, donated $10,000 each to the Carilion Clinic Foundation COVID-19 Support Fund. The $20,000 will provide meals for employees at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center (CNRV). “The support of these coaches and their families means so much to us,” said Bill Flattery, CEO of CNRV. “Their generosity speaks volumes to the community pride present in the New River Valley, and we are grateful for their support.”Money from the fund helps provide snacks and meals to health care workers.
Virginia Tech’s Isaiah Wilkins enters transfer portal
BLACKSBURG, Va. – More changes are coming to Mike Young’s squad in Blacksburg, as sophomore Isaiah Wilkins entered the transfer portal on Tuesday. The 6′4 guard appeared in 66 games with six starts over two seasons in Blacksburg. Meanwhile, the Hokies landed graduate transfer Cartier Diarra out of Kansas State. Update: Although Diarra has committed to Virginia Tech, its being reported he will make himself eligible for the NBA draft, to receive feedback from the league. In addition, Hokies walk-on guard Brendan Palmer said his goodbyes to the Virginia Tech program on twitter as well.
Horne, Nolley lead Virginia Tech to 67-60 win at Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. - CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - P.J. Horne had a tie-breaking dunk with 63 seconds left and freshman Landers Nolley II scored 30 points and Virginia Tech outlasted Clemson 67-60 on Tuesday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference and season opener for both teams. Bede came up big one more time when he blocked the shot of Tigers freshman Al-Amir Dawes, picked up the steal that lead to a basket from Tyrece Radford to seal it with 39 seconds left. Nolley stretched Virginia Tech's lead down the stretch with a basket and two foul shots to go up 55-50 with 4:58 to go before the wild finish. Clemson: The Tigers played without four senior starters from last season and it showed.
Virginia Tech basketball prepping for Mike Young era
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Mike Young era is about to begin in Blacksburg with their season opener just a couple weeks away. "We're young, alright," Young said. A season opener, but [also] a league opener," Young said. "And those league opener and those league games, needless to say, that's a huge deal when something has ramifications moving forward. Virginia Tech will open their season on the road at Clemson on Nov. 5.
Northwestern commit Joe Bamisile flips decision, will play for Hokies
ROANOKE, Va. - Mike Young's roster is slowly coming together. On Thursday it was announced that four-star guard and Richmond native Joe Bamisile flipped his decision and decommited from Northwestern to join the Hokies. Bamisile, who is 6-foot-5, is currently in the top 100 rising high school seniors ranked by ESPN. The Monocan High School Chief announced his decision on Twitter, thanking the Virginia Tech staff for having him. He was highly recruited by Power Five programs like Miami, West Virginia, and Florida, but ultimately became the first addition for Young in his 2019-20 recruiting class.