Virginia Tech fires head men’s basketball coach

AP Photo/Bob Leverone
AP Photo/Bob Leverone

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Tech announced on Monday it has fired head men’s basketball coach James Johnson, who coached the Hokies for just two seasons.

The Hokies endured one of its worst seasons in recent memory, winning only nine games overall, and just two games in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

New Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock released a statement on his decision saying, “I want to thank Coach Johnson for his dedication and hard work for our university and our basketball program over the past seven years.

“A change of this significance affects many people and is never taken lightly, but I felt a change and a new direction was necessary for the long term, best interest of our department.”

The associated press reports a national search for the next head coach will begin immediately.


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