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Virginia Tech Hokies
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UniversityVirginia Tech
Head coach Mike Young (1st season)
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Location Blacksburg, Virginia
Arena Cassell Coliseum
(Capacity: 10,003)
Nickname Hokies
Student section Cassell Guard
ColorsChicago Maroon and Burnt Orange [1]
         
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NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1967
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1967, 2019
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1967, 2007, 2019
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1967, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1996, 2007, 2017, 2018, 2019
Conference Tournament Champions
Metro: 1979
Conference Regular Season Champions
Southern: 1960

The Virginia Tech Hokies men's basketball team is a NCAA Division I college basketball team competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Home games are played at Cassell Coliseum, located on Virginia Tech's campus in Blacksburg.

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Atlantic Coast Conference American collegiate athletics conference

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is a collegiate athletic conference located in the Southern United States. Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, the conference consists of fifteen member universities, each of whom compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest levels for athletic competition in US-based collegiate sports. The ACC sponsors competition in twenty-five sports with many of its member institutions' athletic programs held in high regard nationally. Current members of the conference are Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Florida State University, North Carolina State University, Syracuse University, the University of Louisville, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Wake Forest University.

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The Hokies have made the NCAA Tournament 11 times, the most recent appearance coming in 2019. 2019 marked the first time the Hokies made the tournament in three consecutive years. They have reached the Sweet Sixteen twice, in 1967 and 2019. They advanced to the Elite Eight once in 1967.  The team won two games in the tournament in 1967 and 2019, but has never won three games in March Madness.

Tech won the Metro Conference Tournament title in 1979. It won the Southern Conference regular season championship in 1959-60. It captured NIT titles in 1973 and 1995.

History

Early years, Southern Conference, Independent

The Hokies' first intercollegiate basketball game was played January 22, 1909, resulting in a 33–26 win over Emory & Henry College. During the 1909–10 campaign, the Hokies completed the only undefeated season in school history by posting an 11–0 mark. [2]

From 1921 to 1965, Virginia Tech was a member of the Southern Conference. In 45 years, Tech won one regular season conference championship. That was in 1960, when under coach Coach Chuck Noe the Hokies hit the 20-win mark for the first time. That team lost to West Virginia, led by Jerry West, in the conference tournament championship game, and therefore was not eligible to advance to the NCAA tournament.

Southern Conference sports league

The Southern Conference (SoCon) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I. Southern Conference football teams compete in the Football Championship Subdivision. Member institutions are located in the states of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Jerry West American basketball player and executive

Jerome Alan West is an American basketball executive and former player. During his active career West played professionally for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His nicknames included Mr. Clutch, for his ability to make a big play in a clutch situation, such as his famous buzzer-beating 60-foot shot that tied Game 3 of the 1970 NBA Finals against the New York Knicks; The Logo, in reference to his silhouette being incorporated into the NBA logo; Mr. Outside, in reference to his perimeter play with the Los Angeles Lakers; and Zeke from Cabin Creek, for the creek near his birthplace of Chelyan, West Virginia. West played the small forward position early in his career, and he was a standout at East Bank High School and at West Virginia University, where he led the Mountaineers to the 1959 NCAA championship game. He earned the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player honor despite the loss. He then embarked on a 14-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and was the co-captain of the 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medal team, a squad that was inducted as a unit into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

Tech left the Southern Conference in 1965, and in its first season as an independent went to the NIT for the first time in school history, posting an overall mark of 19-5 after losing to Temple in the first round. It was coach Howie Shannon second year at the school. The next year, in the 1966-67 season, Tech earned its first trip to NCAA tournament. That year, Tech won two games in the tournament that included only 23 teams, making it to what is now called the Elite Eight. The team finished with a 20-5 record. Shannon coached at Tech for seven seasons, and posted 104 wins, with only one losing season.

The National Invitation Tournament was originated by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association in 1938. Responsibility for its administration was transferred two years later to local colleges, first known as the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Committee and in 1948, as the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Association (MIBA), which comprised representatives from five New York City schools: Fordham University, Manhattan College, New York University, St. John's University, and Wagner College. Originally all of the teams qualifying for the tournament were invited to New York City, and all games were played at Madison Square Garden.

Howie Shannon American basketball player

Howard Shannon was an American basketball player and coach. He played professionally in the Basketball Association of America (BAA) and the early years of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He later coached at the high school and college levels.

The 1967 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament involved 23 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on Saturday, March 11, and ended two weeks later with the championship game on March 25 in Louisville, Kentucky. A total of 27 games were played, including a third-place game in each region and a national third-place game.

In 1971, Tech hired 29-year old Ohio State assistant coach Don DeVoe. [3] In 1973, Tech made its second appearance in the NIT, and stunned the country, winning four games in Madison Square Garden by a total of five points, including a heart-wrenching 92-91 overtime win over Notre Dame. [4] [5] At the time, the NCAA only invited 32 teams, and only winners of conference tournaments were eligible. Tech earned an independent berth in the 1975-76 NCAA tournament in a field of 32. DeVoe and Tech parted ways following that season when he refused to sign a new contract after openly admitted that he was a candidate for the vacant head coaching job at Ohio State, his alma mater. [6]

Donald Eugene DeVoe is a former American college basketball coach and former player. DeVoe played college basketball for Ohio State University, and later served as the head coach for Virginia Tech, the University of Wyoming, the University of Tennessee, the University of Florida and the United States Naval Academy.

The 1973 National Invitation Tournament was the 1973 edition of the annual NCAA college basketball competition. It was won by Virginia Tech, which won the four games played in Madison Square Garden by a total of five points, including a 92-91 overtime victory over Notre Dame.

Madison Square Garden Multi-purpose indoor arena in New York City, New York, United States

Madison Square Garden, colloquially known as The Garden or in initials as MSG, is a multi-purpose indoor arena in New York City. Located in Midtown Manhattan between 7th and 8th Avenues from 31st to 33rd Streets, it is situated atop Pennsylvania Station. It is the fourth venue to bear the name "Madison Square Garden"; the first two were located on Madison Square, on East 26th Street and Madison Avenue, with the third Madison Square Garden (1925) further uptown at Eighth Avenue and 50th Street.

The Metro Conference Era

In 1978, one year after former Tech assistant Charlie Moir took the reins from DeVoe, Virginia Tech joined the Metro 7, a conference that did not have a football championship. [7] Tech's first year in the Metro led to its only conference championship. Even though it did not compete in a round-robin regular season schedule, it was able to beat regular season champion Louisville in the semi-finals and Florida State in the tournament championship game to earn its third trip to the NCAA tournament, where it lost to NCAA runner-up Indiana State led by star Larry Bird. [8] Tech finished second, or tied for second, in the conference three times in the next seven years, and won 20 games in seven of its first eight seasons in the Metro. Moir guided Tech to 213 wins in 11 seasons from 1976 to 1987. The Hokies appeared in four NCAA Tournaments and went to the NIT four times in Moir's tenure as coach. Fortunes changed for the Hokies in 1986-87 when the team had its first losing season since 1969-70. Moir and Tech reached an agreement to part ways following an NCAA investigation that left the team on probation through October, 1989. Tech paid Moir $250,000 to buy out his contract.

Tech hired Moir's assistant Frankie Allen as interim head coach to lead the program in the 1987-1988 season while it searched for an athletic director to replace Bill Dooley. [9] Allen was Moir's first recruit at Roanoke College, and that institution's first African American athlete. He had been on the Tech staff for 11 years. When Dave Braine was hired as athletic director, he gave Allen the job as head coach. [10] Allen led the Hokies to a 19-10 record and a third place tie in the Metro conference in that year that he began as interim coach. However, he did not have another winning season in his next three years, and his contract was not renewed.

Bill Foster, former coach of Clemson and Miami took over as head coach in 1991. After two straight 10-18 seasons, the Hokies broke a five-year losing streak with an 18-10 record and a fourth plash finish in the Metro Conference in the '93-'94 season. The following year, the Hokies earned their first postseason berth since 1986, and capitalized by winning their second NIT title. [11] The team set the school record at the time with 25 wins, including five wins in the NIT. It was their last season in the Metro Conference.

A decade of conference and coaching changes

In 1991, the Big East, previously a basketball-only conference, decided to begin play as a football conference. Miami, which had just restarted its basketball program in 1985 and played as an independent, was accepted as an "all-sports" member. Rutgers, Temple, West Virginia and Virginia Tech were added as "football only" members. Tech sought full Big East membership, including for basketball, and in March 1994, the league voted on expansion. Tech was left out of the mix as West Virginia and Rutgers got the nod. [12] Tech was left seeking to join its fellow Metro members in an attempt to create another large conference. However, it was also left out of that mix, along with Metro member Virginia Commonwealth. The two schools sued the 12 members of the new conference, [13] but in the end Tech had to settle for its third choice for a basketball league, the Atlantic 10.

Foster and the Hokies took the A-10 by storm in its first year in the league, finishing tied for first in the East division of the 12-team league. It went to the NCAA Tournament and won its first game before bowing out to eventual national champion Kentucky. After the following season, Foster retired, and was replaced by Bobby Hussey, one of Foster's assistants. Hussey was fired after two losing seasons. [14] The Hokies then turned to a former nemesis as its next head coach, tapping former UVA star Ricky Stokes for the head job. [15] In Stokes' first season, Tech's last season in the A-10, Tech eked out a 16-15 record.

In November 1999, Tech finally was rewarded with an invitation to full membership in the Big East Conference. [16] However, the Hokies were overmatched their first three years in the league, winning a total of 10 games in three years, finishing last of seven teams in the East division each of those years, and never reaching the conference tournament where only the top six teams of the division made the tournament. Stokes was fired at the end of the 2003 season. [17] Stokes was dismissed after three straight losing season in the Big East, and Tech brought in coach Seth Greenberg to right the ship. [18]

Joining the Atlantic Coast Conference

On June 25, 2003, Virginia Tech received news it had waited anxiously to receive for a half a century - an invitation to join the ACC. [19] In 1953, the Atlantic Coast Conference was formed by seven teams who were then members of the Southern Conference (Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest. Conference officials expressed interest in adding an eighth member, and candidates mentioned were the Virginia and West Virginia. [20] On December 4, 1953, officials convened in Greensboro, North Carolina, and admitted Virginia, a former Southern Conference charter member that had been independent since 1937, into the conference. [21] News reports said that not only was West Virginia turned down, but so was Virginia Tech. [21]

Tech fans spent much of the next 25 years watching ACC basketball on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings [22] before their hopes were raised again in 1977, five years after South Carolina left the league with only seven members. On May 2, 1977, after making a required site visit to Blacksburg to evaluate Tech's formal application, the ACC took its first vote on expansion since Virginia was admitted in 1953. [23] Tech did not receive the requisite five votes of the seven league teams. [24] A year later, Georgia Tech was tapped to be the league's eighth member, expanding its footprint into the lucrative Atlanta television market. [25]

Another ACC/Tech flirtation occurred in 1999 when the Big East sought to bring Miami into the conference mix. Miami ultimately decided to stay in the Big East, and the Hokies were subsequently admitted as a full members of the Big East. [26]

Just three years after Tech joined the Big East as full members, the ACC and Big East began a standoff that ultimately entered the courts, and governor's mansions. On May 16, 2003, the ACC voted 8-1 to enter into formal discussions with Miami, Syracuse, and Boston College, leaving Virginia Tech out of the mix. [27] On June 6, 2003, Big East members Tech, Rutgers, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia, entered into a suit against the ACC and two of the three proposed defectors - Miami and Boston College. (Syracuse was not named as a defendant because the plaintiffs found no examples of promises by Syracuse on which they made financial decisions). [28] The lawsuit charged that the defendants conspired "on a scheme that is calculated to destroy the Big East and misappropriate its value for their benefit." [28] By June 18, 2003, it became clear that the original expansion plan would not receive the required seven votes of the nine voting schools - meaning at least three schools were holding out. [29] University of Virginia President John Casteen had been a strong advocate of the Hokies and was vocally one of the hold-outs, likely the original "no" vote on May 16 when the Hokies were excluded. [30] Virginia governor Mark Warner reportedly pressured the University of Virginia Board of Visitors (who serve as the supervisor of the university president and are appointed by the governor) to allow Casteen to continue his strong advocacy of the Hokies. [30] Another "no" vote was likely Georgia Tech, whose president was Wayne Clough, a man who been on the faculty of Virginia Tech between 1982, including as Dean of Engineering from 1990-1994. Clough was the individual who visited with Virginia Tech president Charles Steger to officially deliver the news of the ACC change of heart on June 18. [29] (Clough maintained his home in Blacksburg after he left the university). The third ACC university that was likely supportive of the Hokies to the point of vetoing a bid to Miami, Boston College, and Syracuse was Wake Forest University The school is geographically closest to Blacksburg (in Winston-Salem, NC), but as a small private school had little in common with Tech. However, several academic relationships were forged after the 1999 Tech/ACC negotiations. [30] When Tech finally got the seven necessary votes for invitation, the biggest surprise was that Syracuse and Boston College were left out of the mix. [19] Boston College was invited to the ACC just months later, on October 12, 2003. [30] Syracuse wasn't invited to join the conference until 2011. (It joined along with Pittsburgh, which had been one of the co-plaintiffs in Tech's suit against the ACC. West Virginia left the Big East for the Big 12 that same year. Another co-plaintiff, Rutgers went to the Big 10 in 2014. The fifth co-plaintiff, Connecticut, stayed with the Big East until its football members became the American Athletic Conference in 2013).

Moving past the conference wars

Before the conference controversies were settled, Tech had hired a new head coach to replace Stokes. Seth Greenberg, who was head coach at South Florida, was hired prior to the 2003–04 season. Tech had its first winning record since 1999-2000 under Greenberg, going 15-14 and advancing to its first Big East basketball tournament in Madison Square Garden. [31] The Big East had expanded its tournament to include all teams for the first time, but since Tech finished eight in the conference with a 7-9 record, it would have made the tournament under the old format.

Tech's first season in the ACC resulted in an 8-8 conference record, good enough for a fourth seed and first-round bye in the 11-team conference tournament. Greenburg was named ACC Coach of the Year, [32] and the Hokies advanced to their first post-season tournament since 1995. Tech beat Temple at home in the first round of the NIT, before falling to former Metro rival Memphis.

After a down year in 2005-06, Tech surged for the next five years. During the 2006–07 season, Virginia Tech beat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium and also beat top-ranked North Carolina in Blacksburg. The Hokies went on to beat fourth-ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill that same season. The Hokies earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament that season as a No. 5 seed and beat Illinois before losing to Southern Illinois. It ended the year with a 22-10 record, the first time Tech had crossed the 20-win mark since the 1995-1996 season, when it also went to the NCAA tournament.

In January 2009, Virginia Tech beat No. 1-ranked Wake Forest, the last unbeaten team in Division I in the 2008–09 season, marking the Hokies fourth defeat of a top-ranked team. [33] The Hokies finished the 2009–10 season with a record of 23–8 and were snubbed for the NCAA Tournament partially because they had one of the worst nonconference schedule strengths in recent memory. [34] [35] They received a bid to the NIT where they advanced to the third round before losing to Rhode Island. The following year Virginia Tech added another victory over a top-ranked team on February 26, 2011, when it beat No. 1 Duke, 64–60 in Cassell Coliseum. But, they again received a bid to the NIT, just missing out on the NCAA Tournament.

After a disappointing 2011–12 season and after nine seasons with a record of 170–123 at Virginia Tech, Greenberg was fired. [36] James Johnson replaced him shortly thereafter. Greenberg has the second most wins all-time at Virginia Tech behind Moir.

The Hokies beat 15th-ranked Oklahoma State on December 1, 2012. Star Erick Green led the team to its first non-conference home defeat of a ranked opponent since 1995 by scoring 28 points. [37] After two seasons with a record of 22–41, Johnson was fired.

Buzz Williams takes Hokies to three straight NCAA tournaments for first time

Virginia Tech hired Marquette head coach Buzz Williams as head basketball coach on March 24, 2014. [38] Though the 2014–15 season was difficult, the 2015–16 team finished with a 20–15 record and advanced to the second round of the NIT. Finally, in 2016-17, the Hokies broke through and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 9 seed, falling to Wisconsin in the First Round.

The 2018-19 season saw the Hokies defeat Duke for the third consecutive time in Blacksburg. The ended the season at 24-8 (12-6 ACC), receiving the 5th seed in the Conference Tournament giving them a First Round bye. They played Miami for the second time in a week in the second round, winning the game, setting up a rematch with Florida State in the quarter finals. Florida State won 65-63 in overtime. They received a bid to the NCAA Tournament as the 4th seed in the East Region. Wins over 13th seeded St. Louis and 12th seeded Liberty set a rematch with Duke in the Sweet 16. The Hokies fell to the Blue Devils, 75-73, finishing the season at 26-9.

Williams was announced as the new head basketball coach at Texas A&M on April 3, 2019. [39] Texas A&M was required to pay Virginia Tech $750,000 in lieu of Williams completing his contract with the Hokies. [40]

Mike Young takes reins as head coach

On April 7, 2019, Virginia Tech announced the hiring of former Wofford coach Mike Young to lead the program. [41] On April 8, 2019 he had his introductory press conference to introduce him to the Virginia Tech faithful.

Retired jerseys

The following players have had their jerseys retired by Virginia Tech.

NameNumberPositionCareer after Virginia Tech
Bimbo Coles 12GMade United States Olympic team in 1988. Selected in the second round of the 1990 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. Played 14 NBA seasons.
Ace Custis 20FCurrently an assistant coach at University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Dell Curry 30GSelected in the first round of the 1986 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. Played 16 NBA seasons with five different teams.
Allan Bristow 44FPlayed in the NBA for ten years, was the third-ever head coach of the Charlotte Hornets franchise.

Season-by-season results

SeasonCoachOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
R.M. Brown(Independent)(1908–1909)
1908–09R.M. Brown4–2Independent
R.M. Brown:4–2 (.667)
Branch Bocock (Independent)(1909–1911)
1909–10Branch Bocock11–0
1910–11Branch Bocock11–1
L.N. Keesling(Independent)(1911–1912)
1911–12L.N. Keesling6–3
L.N. Keesling:6–3 (.667)
Branch Bocock (Independent)(1913–1916)
1913–14Branch Bocock14–5
1914–15Branch Bocock9–4
1915–16Branch Bocock12–3
Branch Bocock:57–13 (.814)
Harlan Sanborn (Independent)(1916–1917)
1916–17Harlan Sanborn17–2
Harlan Sanborn:17–2 (.895)
Charles Bernier (Independent)(1917–1920)
1917–18Charles Bernier15–5
1918–19Charles Bernier18–4
1919–20Charles Bernier14–4
Charles Bernier:47–13 (.783)
Monk Younger (Independent)(1920–1921)
1920–21Monk Younger19–5
Monk Younger (Southern Conference)(1921–1923)
1921–22Monk Younger14–62–28th
1922–23Monk Younger13–61–2T–13th
Monk Younger:46–17 (.730)3–4 (.429)
B.C. Cubbage (Southern Conference)(1923–1924)
1923–24B.C. Cubbage5–130–418th
B.C. Cubbage:5–13 (.278)0–4 (.000)
Buford Blair(Southern Conference)(1924–1926)
1924–25Buford Blair6–91–4T–14th
1925–26Buford Blair3–102–515th
Buford Blair:9–19 (.321)3–9 (.250)
Puss Redd(Southern Conference)(1926–1927)
1926–27Puss Redd6–82–617th
Puss Redd:6–8 (.429)2–6 (.250)
Bud Moore(Southern Conference)(1927–1928)
1927–28Bud Moore5–113–7T–16th
Bud Moore:5–11 (.313)3–7 (.300)
Red Randall(Southern Conference)(1928–1929)
1928–29Red Randall4–135–713th
Red Randall:4–13 (.235)5–7 (.417)
Robert Warren(Southern Conference)(1929–1930)
1929–30Robert Warren5–142–1020th
Robert Warren:5–14 (.263)2–10 (.167)
Charles Rhodes(Southern Conference)(1930–1931)
1930–31Charles Rhodes5–103–719th
Charles Rhodes:5–10 (.333)3–7 (.300)
George S. Gummy Proctor(Southern Conference)(1931–1932)
1931–32George S. Gummy Proctor8–92–820th
Monk Younger(Southern Conference)(1932–1937)
1932–33Monk Younger5–103–77th
1933–34Monk Younger1–151–109th
1934–35Monk Younger3–161–1110th
1935–36Monk Younger5–161–99th
1936–37Monk Younger6–114–912th
Monk Younger:20–68 (.227)10–56 (.152)
Mac McEver (Southern Conference)(1937–1944)
1937–38Mac McEver6–84–510th
1938–39Mac McEver3–142–1014th
1939–40Mac McEver4–151–915th
1940–41Mac McEver8–134–812th
1941–42Mac McEver10–104–8T–10th
1942–43Mac McEver7–73–612th
1943–44Mac McEver11–44–12nd
Mac McEver:49–71 (.408)22–47 (.319)
George S. Gummy Proctor(Southern Conference)(1944–1947)
1944–45George S. Gummy Proctor6–81–310th
1945–46George S. Gummy Proctor11–87–33rd
1946–47George S. Gummy Proctor13–134–913th
George S. Gummy Proctor:38–38 (.500)14–23 (.378)
Red Laird (Southern Conference)(1947–1955)
1947–48Red Laird14–97–56th
1948–49Red Laird10–136–89th
1949–50Red Laird16–99–56th
1950–51Red Laird19–109–56th
1951–52Red Laird4–163–1012th
1952–53Red Laird4–194–1313th
1953–54Red Laird3–243–139th
1954–55Red Laird7–204–149th
Red Laird:77–120 (.391)45–73 (.381)
Chuck Noe (Southern Conference)(1955–1960)
1955–56Chuck Noe14–1110–73rd
1956–57Chuck Noe14–812–53rd
1957–58Chuck Noe11–810–52nd
1958–59Chuck Noe16–510–22nd
1959–60Chuck Noe20–612–11st
1960–61Chuck Noe15–712–32nd
1961–62Chuck Noe19–69–32nd
Chuck Noe:109–51 (.681)75–26 (.743)
William Matthews(Southern Conference)(1962–1963)
1962–63William Matthews12–126–6T–5th
1963–64William Matthews16–77–33rd
Williams Matthews:28–19 (.596)13–9 (.591)
Howie Shannon (Southern Conference)(1964–1965)
1964–65Howie Shannon13–109–52nd
Howie Shannon (Independent)(1965–1971)
1965–66Howie Shannon19–5 NIT First Round
1966–67Howie Shannon20–7 NCAA Elite Eight
1967–68Howie Shannon14–11
1968–69Howie Shannon14–12
1969–70Howie Shannon10–12
1970–71Howie Shannon14–11
Howie Shannon:104–68 (.605)9–5 (.643)
Don DeVoe (Independent)(1971–1976)
1971–72Don DeVoe16–10
1972–73Don DeVoe22–5 NIT Champions
1973–74Don DeVoe13–13
1974–75Don DeVoe16–10
1975–76Don DeVoe21–7 NCAA First Round
Don DeVoe:88–45 (.662)
Charles Moir (Independent)(1976–1977)
1976–77Charles Moir19–10 NIT Second round
1977–78Charles Moir19–8
Charles Moir (Metro Conference)(1978–1987)
1978–79Charles Moir22–94–6T–4th NCAA Second Round
1979–80Charles Moir21–88–42nd NCAA Second Round
1980–81Charles Moir15–136–6T–3rd
1981–82Charles Moir20–117–54th NIT Quarterfinals
1982–83Charles Moir23–117–5T–2nd NIT Second round
1983–84Charles Moir22–138–64th NIT Third place
1984–85Charles Moir20–910–42nd NCAA First Round
1985–86Charles Moir22–97–53rd NCAA First Round
1986–87Charles Moir10–185–7T–5th
Charles Moir:213–119 (.642)62–48 (.564)
Frankie Allen (Metro Conference)(1987–1991)
1987–88Frankie Allen19–106–6T–3rd
1988–89Frankie Allen11–172–10T–6th
1989–90Frankie Allen13–185–97th
1990–91Frankie Allen13–166–86th
Frankie Allen:56–61 (.479)19–33 (.365)
Bill C. Foster (Metro Conference)(1991–1995)
1991–92Bill C. Foster10–183–97th
1992–93Bill C. Foster10–181–117th
1993–94Bill C. Foster18–106–64th
1994–95Bill C. Foster25–106–6T–4th NIT Champions
Bill C. Foster (Atlantic 10 Conference)(1995–1997)
1995–96Bill C. Foster23–613–3T–1st West NCAA Second Round
1996–97Bill C. Foster15–167–93rd West
Bill C. Foster:101–78 (.564)36–44 (.450)
Bobby Hussey (Atlantic 10 Conference)(1997–1999)
1997–98Bobby Hussey10–175–11T–4th West
1998–99Bobby Hussey13–157–94th West
Bobby Hussey:23–32 (.418)12–20 (.375)
Ricky Stokes (Atlantic 10 Conference)(1999–2000)
1999–2000Ricky Stokes16–158–84th West
Ricky Stokes (Big East Conference)(2000–2003)
2000–01 Ricky Stokes 8–192–147th East
2001–02 Ricky Stokes 10–184–127th East
2002–03Ricky Stokes11–184–127th East
Ricky Stokes:45–70 (.391)18–46 (.281)
Seth Greenberg (Big East Conference)(2003–2004)
2003-2004Seth Greenberg15–147–98th
Seth Greenberg (Atlantic Coast Conference)(2004–2012)
2004-2005Seth Greenberg16–148–84th NIT Second round
2005–2006Seth Greenberg14–164–127th
2006–07 Seth Greenberg22–1210–63rd NCAA Second Round
2007–08 Seth Greenberg21–149–74th NIT Quarterfinals
2008–09 Seth Greenberg19–157–98th NIT Second round
2009–10 Seth Greenberg25–910–64th NIT Quarterfinals
2010–11 Seth Greenberg22–129–7T–4th NIT Second round
2011–12 Seth Greenberg16–174–12T–9th
Seth Greenberg:170–123 (.580)68–76 (.472)
James Johnson (Atlantic Coast Conference)(2012–204)
2012–13 James Johnson13–194–1412th
2013–14 James Johnson9–222–1615th
James Johnson:22–41 (.349)6–30 (.167)
Buzz Williams (Atlantic Coast Conference)(2014–Present)
2014–15 Buzz Williams11–222–1615th
2015–16 Buzz Williams20–1510–8T–7th NIT Second round
2016–17 Buzz Williams22–1110–8T–7th NCAA First Round
2017–18 Buzz Williams21–1210–87th NCAA First Round
2018–19 Buzz Williams26–912–65th NCAA Division I Sweet 16
Buzz Williams:100–69 (.592)44–46 (.489)
Mike Young (Atlantic Coast Conference)(2019–Present)
2019–20 Mike Young5-01-01st
Mike Young:5–0 (1.000)1–0 (1.000)
Total:1,473–1,215 (.548)

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Postseason results

NCAA Tournament results

The Hokies have appeared in 11 NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 8–11.

YearRoundOpponentResult/Score
1967 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Toledo
Indiana
Dayton
W 82–76
W 79–70
L 66–71
1976 First RoundWestern MichiganL 67–77OT
1979 First Round
Second Round
Jacksonville
Indiana State
W 70–53
L 69–86
1980 First Round
Second Round
Western Kentucky
Indiana
W 89–85OT
L 59–68
1985 First RoundTempleL 57–60
1986 First RoundVillanovaL 62–71
1996 First Round
Second Round
UW–Green Bay
Kentucky
W 61–49
L 60–84
2007 First Round
Second Round
Illinois
Southern Illinois
W 54–52
L 48–63
2017 First RoundWisconsinL 74–84
2018 First RoundAlabamaL 83–86
2019 First Round
Second Round
Sweet 16
Saint Louis
Liberty
Duke
W 66–52
W 67-58
L 73-75

NIT results

The Hokies have appeared in 13 National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 25–11. They were NIT champions in 1973 and 1995.

YearRoundOpponentResult/Score
1966 First RoundTempleL 73–88
1973 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Final
New Mexico
Fairfield
Alabama
Notre Dame
W 65–63
W 77–76
W 74–73
W 92–91OT
1977 First Round
Quarterfinals
Georgetown
Alabama
W 83–79
L 72–79
1982 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Fordham
Mississippi
Georgia
W 69–58
W 61–59
L 73–90
1983 First Round
Second Round
William & Mary
South Carolina
W 85–79
L 75–76
1984 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Third Place Game
Georgia Tech
South Alabama
Tennessee
Michigan
Louisiana-Lafayette
W 77–74
W 68–66
W 72–68
L 75–78
W 71–70
1995 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Final
Clemson
Providence
New Mexico State
Canisius
Marquette
W 62–54
W 91–78
W 64–61
W 71–59
W 65–64
2005 First Round
Second Round
Temple
Memphis
W 60–50
L 62–83
2008 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Morgan State
UAB
Mississippi
W 94–62
W 75–49
L 72–81
2009 First Round
Second Round
Duquesne
Baylor
W 116–1082OT
L 66–84
2010 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Quinnipiac
Connecticut
Rhode Island
W 81–61
W 65–63
L 72–79
2011 First Round
Second Round
Bethune-Cookman
Wichita State
W 79–54
L 76–79OT
2016 First Round
Second Round
Princeton
BYU
W 86–81OT
L 77–80

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