Buzz Williams leaving Virginia Tech, accepts Texas A&M head coaching job

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Buzz Williams is leaving the Virginia Tech men’s basketball program to become the next head coach at Texas A&M.

Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock confirmed that Williams was leaving Wednesday morning. 

Williams took the Hokies to a Sweet 16 appearance last month at the NCAA Tournament. In total, he had a 100-69 overall record at Virginia Tech, including a 66-22 record at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg. Williams served as coach from 2014-19. 

In the 2013-14 season, just before Williams arrived at Virginia Tech, the Hokies finishd 9-22 overall and 2-16 in the ACC. 

In a news release, Babcock praised Williams for his job on and off the court. 

“Coach Williams made a very positive impact on the culture of our basketball program at Virginia Tech,” Babcock said. “We appreciate all that Buzz and his staff did for our students and our program. We wish Buzz, Corey and their family the very best as they return to their home state of Texas.” 

Williams is no stranger to Texas or Texas A&M. He was born in Greenville, Texas and earned a master’s degree from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He also served as an assistant coach at Texas A&M from 2004-06.

Texas A&M fired its previous head coach, Billy Kennedy, in March after a 14-18 record in 2018-19. Kennedy served as head coach for eight seasons and led the team to NCAA tournament appearances in 2016 and 2018. The team reached the Sweet 16 on both occasions. 

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