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About Coach Mike Young
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. The Radford, Virginia native joins the Hokies after a record-setting 17-year tenure at Wofford. The Terriers posted a 30-5 overall record in 2018-19, including a perfect 18-0 mark in Southern Conference play and registered a convincing 84-68 win over Seton Hall in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
“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.”
The 2019 Sporting News Coach of the Year, Young finished third in this season’s AP Coach of the Year voting behind Texas Tech’s Chris Beard and Houston’s Kelvin Sampson. In his 17 seasons at the helm as head coach of Wofford College, Young built the Terriers into one of the Southern Conference’s preeminent programs and a perennial NCAA Tournament participant. He guided Wofford to five NCAA Tournament berths over the past 10 seasons and five Southern Conference championships. In addition to the on-court success of his teams, 100 percent of Young’s student-athletes at Wofford who completed their eligibility graduated.
[cited from hokiesports.com]
Virginia Tech Basketball Fun Facts
- AM790 WNIS has been airing Virginia Tech basketball since 1988
- The first intercollegiate game, played in the Stone Auditorium (later Chapel and Library) on January 22, 1909.
- In 1988 Tech player Vernell “Bimbo” Coles became the university’s first student athlete to play in the Olympics, which were held in Seoul, South Korea.
- Virginia Tech Basket program has had 27 players drafted into the NBA.
- In the 1890s, a student named O.M. Stull, Class of 1896, won a $5 prize for coming up with a new spirit cheer, now known as “Old Hokie.” The original went: “Hoki, Hoki, Hoki, Hy. Techs, Techs, V.P.I. Sola-Rex, Sola-Rah. Polytechs – Vir-gin-ia. Rae, Ri, V.P.I.” Later, an “e” was added to “Hoki” to make “Hokie,” and “Team! Team! Team!” was attached to the end.