Wofford's Mike Young hired as Virginia Tech men's basketball head coach

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BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech President Dr. Tim Sands and Director of
Athletics Whit Babcock announced on Sunday that Mike Young has
accepted the men’s basketball head coaching position at Virginia Tech.
The Radford, Virginia native joins the Hokies after a record-setting
17-year tenure at Wofford. The Terriers posted a 30-5 overall record
in 2018-19, including a perfect 18-0 mark in Southern Conference play
and registered a convincing 84-68 win over Seton Hall in the first
round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

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“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,” Dr. Sands said. “I look forward to the excitement and
success we will enjoy as Coach Young and his student-athletes hit the
court and compete to win. Laura and I are excited to welcome Coach
Young and his family to Virginia Tech and Blacksburg. We look forward
to sharing our campus and the many Hokie traditions that make this
place home for all of us.”

The 2019 Sporting News Coach of the Year, Young finished third in this
season’s AP Coach of the Year voting behind Texas Tech’s Chris Beard
and Houston’s Kelvin Sampson. In his 17 seasons at the helm as head
coach of Wofford College, Young built the Terriers into one of the
Southern Conference’s preeminent programs and a perennial NCAA
Tournament participant. He guided Wofford to five NCAA Tournament
berths over the past 10 seasons and three Southern Conference
championships. In addition to the on-court success of his teams, 100
percent of Young’s student-athletes at Wofford who completed their
eligibility graduated.

“Coach Young has earned tremendous respect and admiration across the
nation for the integrity and winning tradition that were trademarks of
his program at Wofford,” Babcock said. “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. His
propensity as a recruiter, a teacher and an innovative coach are all
attributes that will serve him well at Tech.

“We are excited to welcome Coach Young and Margaret to the Virginia
Tech community along with their daughter, Cooper, and their son,
Davis,” Babcock continued. “I’m confident that Hokies everywhere will
embrace them as we embark on the next chapter in the history of our
basketball program. Owning ties to the New River Valley and
longstanding relationships with coaches across the ACC region, we felt
that Coach Young would be a natural fit to lead our program at Tech.

In addition to a host of coaching accolades, Young currently serves as
a member of the NCAA’s Men’s Basketball Ethics Committee.

“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. “We are extremely grateful to President Sands and Whit 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. I can’t wait to meet our
student-athletes, support staff and fans as we prepare to get to work
in Blacksburg.”

Young compiled a 299-244 (.551) overall record at Wofford and earned
Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors four times (2010, 2014,
2015 and 2019). Under his guidance, the Terriers registered an
impressive list of non-conference wins over the likes of Auburn,
Cincinnati, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State,
Purdue, Seton Hall, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Xavier and Wake
Forest. Arguably the most compelling non-conference victory of his
tenure at Wofford came on Dec. 20, 2017 when the Terriers faced No. 5
North Carolina at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. and
registered a 79-75 victory over head coach Roy Williams and the Tar
Heels.

Prior to assuming the head coaching reins for the Terriers in 2002-03,
Young was an assistant coach to current Wofford athletics director
Richard Johnson. Young came to Wofford after serving as a graduate
assistant for one year under Oliver Purnell at Radford University.

A 1986 graduate of Emory & Henry College, he was a four-year letterman
in basketball for coach Bob Johnson and the team captain his junior
and senior seasons. He credits Johnson for having a major influence on
his playing and coaching careers.

Upon his graduation, Young became a full-time assistant coach for two
years at Emory & Henry before moving on to Radford. Another mentor in
his coaching philosophies is Fletcher Arritt, longtime coach of Fork
Union (Va.) Military Academy. Young played one season for him before
attending Emory and Henry. In the summer of 2015, Young was inducted
into the Emory & Henry College Sports Hall of Fame, as well as the
Radford High School Hall of Fame.