Mike Young is returning home to the New River Valley to become the men's basketball coach at Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech announced Sunday night that it has hired Young, a Radford High School graduate who steered Wofford to the second round of the NCAA Tournament this year, as the Hokies' new coach.

Young went 299-244 with five NCAA bids in 17 seasons at Southern Conference member Wofford, a Spartanburg, South Carolina, school.

"On behalf of my entire family, we are humbled and honored to serve as the stewards of the men's basketball program at Virginia Tech," Young said in a Tech news release. "We are extremely grateful to President [Tim] Sands and Whit [Babcock] for extending this opportunity to us that we will embrace with great fervor and enthusiasm. I've long admired Virginia Tech from afar for its principles, as well as for the ability of its athletic programs to consistently win with integrity."

Tech will introduce Young at an 11 a.m. news conference Monday.

Young, 55, succeeds Buzz Williams, who stepped down as the Hokies' coach last Wednesday to take the reins at Texas A&M.

Wofford has only 1,650 students, but Young and the Terriers made a national splash this year.

The Terriers swept the SoCon regular-season and tournament titles, finishing No. 19 in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll last month. Wofford had cracked the poll in February for the first time in school history.

Seventh-seeded Wofford beat Seton Hall in the first round of the NCAAs this year before falling to Kentucky to finish 30-5. Young was named the national coach of the year by The Sporting News. He finished third in the voting for the AP national coach of the year.

"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," Sands said in the Tech news release.

Wofford also announced Sunday night that Young had taken the Tech job.

“Mike Young has been an exceptional member of the Wofford community and a transformational coach for our student-athletes,” Wofford College President Dr. Nayef Samhat said in a Wofford news release. “While we will miss him, we wish Mike and his family the very best, and we look forward to continuing his legacy of success on and off the court.”

Wofford moved up to NCAA Division I in 1995 — just seven seasons before Young became the team's head coach.

All five of Wofford's NCAA Division I tournament appearances have come under Young. In addition to this year, Young guided Wofford to SoCon tournament titles and NCAA bids in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015. The win over Seton Hall was the school's first NCAA Division I tournament victory.

Young has steered Wofford to eight winning seasons in the last 11 years, including six seasons of at least 20 victories. He has had only one losing SoCon record in the last 11 years.

This year, Young was named the SoCon coach of the year for the fourth time. He previously earned the honor in 2010, 2014, and 2015.

"His track record of winning consistently on the basketball court combined with his ability to develop young men into leaders and help them fulfill their potential academically and athletically appealed to us at Virginia Tech," Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said in the Tech news release. "His propensity as a recruiter, a teacher and an innovative coach are all attributes that will serve him well at Tech."

In the 2017-18 season, Young led Wofford to a win at North Carolina and to a home victory over Georgia Tech.

The Terriers beat the Hokies in December 2002, in Young's first season at the helm of the Terriers.

Young has also beaten North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Auburn, Cincinnati, Georgia, Purdue, South Carolina and Xavier during his Wofford career.

Young’s father, Robert Young, was an assistant football coach at Dublin High School for 10 years and also had a stint there as the baseball coach. Robert Young’s sister is married to Norman Lineburg, the former Radford High School football coach and athletic director. One of Mike Young’s cousins is Radford University athletic director Robert Lineburg.

Young is one of five graduates of Timesland high schools who are currently Division I head coaches, along with Georgia Southern’s Mark Byington (Salem), Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall (Cave Spring), UC Irvine’s Russell Turner (Patrick Henry) and Army’s Jimmy Allen (Northside).

Young and Allen played for the late Bob Johnson at Emory & Henry and coached under him as well. Young and Allen are among five former Johnson assistants who are currently Division I head coaches, along with Nathan Davis of Bucknell, Jamion Christian of George Washington and Jon Coffman of Fort Wayne.

Young is one of seven graduates of ODAC colleges who are now Division I head coaches, along with Allen, Turner (Hampden-Sydney), UMBC’s Ryan Odom (Hampden-Sydney), Davis (Randolph-Macon), Marshall (Randolph-Macon) and Coffman (Washington and Lee).

After coaching under Johnson at Emory & Henry for two years, Young spent one year at Radford University as a graduate assistant under Oliver Purnell before becoming a Wofford assistant. Young was a Wofford assistant for 13 years before being promoted to head coach.

The Hokies made the Sweet 16 this year, but Young will have to do some rebuilding next season. He will have to replace at least four of Tech's top six players -- and maybe all six.

Here's the link to the other news of Sunday night-- Nickeil Alexander-Walker entering the draft:

Contact Mark Berman at mark.berman@roanoke.com or 981-3125. Follow him on Twitter: @BermanRoanoke.

 

Mark Berman covers Virginia Tech men’s basketball and many other teams at the university. He also helps cover other colleges, including Radford, VMI, Roanoke, Washington and Lee and Ferrum.

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