According to ESPN, Virginia Tech has hired Whit Babcock to be the school’s new athletic director.
Babcock, who has served as Cincinnati athletic director since 2011, was born and raised in Virginia, and played baseball at James Madison. He replaces Jim Weaver, who stepped down for health reasons.
Babcock spoke about his new job,
“I would like to also thank the University of Cincinnati community which has been so wonderful to me and my family. I certainly owe a debt of gratitude to the students, staff, coaches, and administration there,” Babcock said in a statement. “However, working for Virginia Tech is a unique and special opportunity. … an opportunity to come home to Virginia and become part of the Hokie family is truly a dream come true. I am anxious to get started in Blacksburg and help build on Virginia Tech’s success and upward trajectory.”
Babcock has had some big moments during his stint in Cincinnati, so it’s hard to imagine he won’t try to do similar things for Virginia Tech.
While at Cincinnati, Babcock spearheaded facilities expansion projects, including the $86 million renovation of historic Nippert Stadium. He also pulled off one of the biggest football coaching hires of the 2012 season when Tommy Tuberville left Texas Tech to coach the Bearcats.