Less than a week after Virginia Tech’s season came to an end in the Sweet Sixteen, the Buzz Williams era is over.
After five seasons with the Hokies, Williams is leaving to take the head coaching job at Texas A&M. VT Athletic Director Whit Babcock confirmed the news Wednesday morning.
“Coach Williams made a very positive impact on the culture of our basketball program at Virginia Tech,” Babcock said in a press release. “We appreciate all that Buzz and his staff did for our students and our program. We wish Buzz, Corey and their family the very best as they return to their home state of Texas.
“Thanks to our talented student-athletes, Coach Williams and his staff, Virginia Tech is now one of the most attractive jobs in the nation’s top basketball conference, the ACC,” Babcock continued. “I’m
extremely confident that we’ll be able to identify and hire a new head coach who can further build on the success our men’s basketball program has achieved in recent years. Until we have our new head coach in place, we will have no further comment on our search process.”
Texas A&M announced shortly after that Williams will be introduced at a press conference on Thursday at 5 p.m. ET at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas.
“I am so humbled and honored to return home to Texas A&M, and proud to lead the Aggies,” Williams said. “This is our home, and we are ready to join with the 12th Man to win championships, graduate our players and represent this world-class university with integrity.”
In his time in Blacksburg, Williams compiled a 100-69 record. His milestone 100th victory came in the second round of the NCAA tournament against in-state opponent Liberty, clinching the school’s first Sweet 16 appearance in 52 years.
He led the Hokies to three consecutive trips to the Big Dance, a feat never achieved before in the school’s history.
Virginia Tech went 26-9 in Williams’ final season, setting the school record for overall victories and for conference wins. VT earned a No. 4 seed in the East Region, the highest the Hokies had ever earned in the tournament.
Williams is a Texas native and spent two years with Texas A&M for two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under head coach Billy Gillspie from 2004-2006.