Johnson released as Virginia Tech Men’s Basketball coach

Search for replacement to begin immediately
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BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock announced today that James Johnson has been relieved of his duties as head men’s basketball coach. In making the announcement, Babcock said a national search for Johnson’s replacement will begin immediately.

“I want to thank Coach Johnson for his dedication and hard work for our university and our basketball program over the past seven years,” Babcock said. “A change of this significance affects many people and is never taken lightly, but I felt a change and a new direction was necessary for the long term, best interest of our department.”

Johnson just completed his second season as head coach of the Hokies. He spent the previous five seasons on the Tech staff, serving as an assistant from 2007-2011 before being promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2012-13 season. He had accepted an assistant coaching position at Clemson on April 13, 2012, but returned to Blacksburg soon thereafter to take the head coaching position previously held by Seth Greenberg.

Babcock will meet with the media at 9:30 am on Tuesday in the Shott Media Center. The media session will be streamed live on

This will be Babcock’s only media availability until the announcement of the new coach.



5 Responses to Johnson released as Virginia Tech Men’s Basketball coach

  1. basketball fan

    March 17, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    VT needs a coach with a scheme that is exciting and high scoring to hang in the ACC. When I went to VT/Miami home game, I left disappointed after watching a very slow, low scoring & boring NCAA Division I game. There was only one alley oop, two dunks, etc. Even though VT won, it wasn’t entertaining at all except for the dance team. It’s disappointing that the Hokies can compete in ACC football but have stopped being competitive in basketball.

  2. hoops are fun

    March 18, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I’d rather watch a team lose 123-118 than to watch them win a few low scoring games and get blown out by 40 by the better ACC teams.

  3. burman

    March 18, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I’d rather watch UVa, very few ally oopies, but excellent level of team play. Nobody runs and guns against Uva, and they win. Blink. That’s fun.

  4. marcus

    March 18, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    It’s a shame that the biggest attraction is the team playing the Hokies and not the VT team itself. How can VCU be so much better than VT? It’s called recruiting ad having the right coach to do that!

  5. Concerned

    March 19, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Should have never got rid of Greenberg. He had his flaws but at least he made tech basketball semi- relevant. Now you can’t get a recruit to even consider tech. Finneysmith is now doing well at #1 Florida.

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