Virginia Tech director of athletics Whit Babcock announced on Wednesday that men's basketball head coach Buzz Williams agreed to a contract extension through the 2022-23 season.
"Coach Williams has made a positive impact on the culture of our basketball program at Virginia Tech in a very short time," Babcock said in a release. "Just as importantly, he's a teacher, an educator, and he's served as an ambassador for Virginia Tech, not only on our campus and in Virginia, but also all across the country. We appreciate all that Coach Williams and his staff have already done for our students and our program. We appreciate their commitment to continuing the work they have so successfully begun at Virginia Tech. Our future is bright."
Following the Hokies' debut campaign of 11-22 (2-16) on Williams' watch, Tech improved to a 20-15 (10-8) mark with a NIT berth in Williams' second season. The conference turnaround from 2-16 to 10-8 is best in ACC history among programs that won fewer than three conference games the year prior.
"Our family is incredibly appreciative of the faith that Whit, Dr. Sands and everyone have placed in me and our talented staff," Williams said in a release. "I keep telling everyone across the country that there's something special about Virginia Tech. We have great momentum as a university and athletic department. The people make it special."
"Our students and fans really helped energize Cassell Coliseum this season," Williams added. "When Cassell is packed and really rocking, there's no better homecourt advantage in America. Our staff and our players are going to continue working hard to get better every day and to ensure that the Hokie Nation is proud of the way we're representing them and our university."
Along with his wife Corey, the Van Alstyne, Texas native will fund two endowed scholarships. The Buzz's Bunch Scholarship Endowment will be awarded annually to an undergraduate student at Virginia Tech in any field of study who is registered with Services for Students with Disabilities. The Buzz and Corey Williams Family Student-Athlete Scholarship – In Memory of T. Marshall Hahn will be awarded annually to an undergraduate student-athlete participating on any women's intercollegiate teams at Virginia Tech.
"Dr. Hahn was an amazing man and leader," Williams said. "I valued my friendship with him immensely. I miss him. He was a mentor to me, my staff and our players. I will always remember his kindness and hospitality. In particular, the visits to see him at his farm in Ellett Valley were truly special and memorable."
"Both of these scholarships possess special significance for our family," Williams added. "It's a privilege to be part of the fabric and give back to the Virginia Tech community. Hopefully these scholarships not only reflect our appreciation for those who helped nurture an environment of learning, but also help open doors to our campus to individuals who may not have otherwise had a chance to attend."