After two promising years at Virginia Tech, the school has given men's head basketball coach Buzz Williams a two-year contract extension, athletic director Whit Babcock announced Wednesday.
The Hokies were an absolute mess when Williams took over going only 10-21 with only two conference wins in his first season. In just his second year, Williams led Virginia Tech to the NIT after the team improved to 18-13 including notable wins over Virginia and Miami.
“Coach Williams has made a positive impact on the culture of our basketball program at Virginia Tech in a very short time,” Babcock said via a statement. “Just as importantly, he’s a teacher, an educator, and he’s served as an ambassador for Virginia Tech, not only on our campus and in Virginia, but also all across the country. We appreciate all that Coach Williams and his staff have already done for our students and our program. We appreciate their commitment to continuing the work they have so successfully begun at Virginia Tech. Our future is bright.”
Williams' deal now goes through the 2022-23 season. He also has more money in which to pay and hire assistants. The negotiation was unique in that, according to Babcock, he initiated the discussions—meaning it was not the result of other offers Williams may have received—and done without an agent.
In addition to his new contract, Williams will also endow two scholarships. The Buzz's Bunch Scholarship will be rewarded annually to an undergraduate student who is registered with Services for Students with Disabilities. The Buzz and Corey Willimas Family Student-Athlete Scholarship will be awarded annually to an undergraduate female student-athlete with preference given to minorities or first-generation college students. The scholarship is named in memory of former Virginia Tech president T. Marshall Hahn who passed away in May.
“Our family is incredibly appreciative of the faith that Whit, [school president Dr. Timoth D. Sands] and everyone have placed in me and our talented staff,” Williams said. “I keep telling everyone across the country that there’s something special about Virginia Tech. We have great momentum as a university and athletic department. The people make it special.”
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