Virginia Tech hires Buzz Williams to be its new men's basketball coach

Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock made quick work of his school’s men’s basketball coaching search, hiring Buzz Williams away from Marquette.

Williams, 41, was officially announced Friday afternoon by Tech's athletic department as the Hokies’ new coach. Williams confirmed the move on his Twitter account (@TeamCoachBuzz) by posting an image of Tech’s Cassell Coliseum in the background, and listing himself as Tech’s new coach.

ESPN has reported he will earn $18 million over the course of a seven-year contract.

"I am extremely excited about welcoming Buzz Williams to the Hokie Nation," said Babcock in a release from Tech's athletic department. "Buzz is a proven winner who has earned his way up through the ranks with a strong track record of success. I am confident he will energize our fan base and help make Virginia Tech basketball competitive in the Atlantic Coast Conference. I know he will recruit at the highest level."

Tech has scheduled a press conference for 6 p.m. Monday to announce Williams’ hiring. The press conference will be held in Cassell Coliseum, and will be open to the public free of charge.

Williams replaces James Johnson, who was fired Monday after putting together a 22-41 mark in two seasons. He was 6-32 in ACC games.

In six seasons at Marquette, Williams compiled a record of 139-69 and led the Golden Eagles to five NCAA tournament appearances. They made it to the regional finals in the 2012-13 season, and to the regional semifinals in both the '10-11 and '11-12 seasons. This season, Marquette went 17-11.

Williams was also an assistant coach at Marquette in the '07-08 season. He was the coach at New Orleans for one season ('06-07), and served as an assistant coach at Texas A&M ('04-06), Colorado State (2000-04), Northwestern State (1999-2000), Texas A&M-Kingsville ('98-99) and Texas-Arlington ('94-98).

He's a native of Van Alstyne, Texas. He’s a 1994 graduate of Oklahoma City University, and received a master’s in ’99 from Texas A&M-Kingsville.

"It's never easy to leave a great school like Marquette, where I spent seven wonderful years - six as the head coach - but this is a special situation to work at a place like Virginia Tech," said Williams in the statement released by Tech. "I've heard tremendous things about this terrific institution and this an outstanding opportunity to build a program. My family and I look forward to becoming a part of this great university and community, and taking on the challenges associated in succeeding in the ACC."

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