After Buzz Williams’ departure to Texas A&M, Virginia Tech was in the market for a new coach and they have went out and hired Wofford head coach Mike Young, who has spent the last 17 seasons as the coach of the Terriers
Virginia Tech is coming off of a very good season that saw them nearly take down Duke in the Sweet Sixteen and they have been in the NCAA Tournament the past three seasons, but that was with a very good senior class in Blacksburg and before that, Buzz Williams came in from Marquette to take over a very down program that doesn’t have very much history behind it and had only made the NCAA Tournament one time before Buzz Williams since joining the ACC in the 2004-05 season.
At Wofford, Young compiled a 299-244 record, which is a winning percentage of 55.1%. In his 17 seasons he made the NCAA Tournament five times, winning an NCAA Tournament game this season and getting Wofford to as high as number 19 in the polls, which was the first time they had been ranked in program history.
Mike Young has shown that he can win with teams that play with different strengths. He has won with teams that struggle to score and have had to rely on their defense, and he has won with teams lead by their offense, case-in-point this season when they were lead by Fletcher Magee.
The fact he has won with different types of teams should be something that Virginia Tech should welcome because a school like Virginia Tech isn’t going to get any recruit they want and will likely have to try and win with different types of teams from year-to-year.
In the short-term, this is a tough spot that Young is stepping into. A lot of the players that lead Virginia Tech this past season are either going to be gone to graduation or transfer and Nickeil Alexander-Walker has already declared for the NBA Draft.
I would expect Young to try and hit the transfer market while he builds up a recruiting base in Blacksburg, but overall Young had it made at Wofford for a long time so he must feel like he can win just like Buzz Williams did at Virginia Tech to make this jump.
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