Dennis Wolff entered the season on the hot seat with the Hokies after not having a single winning season in his first four years in Blacksburg. This year, Wolff and the Hokies were great in non-conference play before going 5-11 in ACC play to finish 11th in the conference with an 18-14 overall record after getting to the second round of the WNIT.
Wolff made some progress this year, but the Hokies have decided to go in another direction.
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Dennis Wolff has been relieved of his duties by Virginia Tech AD Whit Babcock after five seasons in which the Hokies never finished in the top 10 in the ACC or won more than five conference games. Wolff went 62-93 overall in his five years in Blacksburg including a 17-65 ACC record with this past season being the Hokies’ only above .500 finish overall since taking over.
Wolff was in a tough position as next year would have been the last year of his contract and letting him return on that contract would have created a recruiting nightmare. Wolff has started to move the program in the right direction with a non-conference win at Tennessee being a sign of that, but progress has been slow and Babcock has decided that the time for a fresh voice is now.
The good news for whoever takes over is that the Hokies are only losing a few frontcourt players from a team that has some intriguing young talents in the frontcourt along with some solid guards. The next coach will also get to work with one of the best athletic directors in the country in Babcock along with having solid practice facilities plus some facelifts coming to Cassell Coliseum in the near future.
The Virginia Tech women’s basketball program does seem to be headed in the right direction now thanks in some part to Wolff but after five years with 5 or less ACC wins, Babcock has made the decision that the program needs a jolt from the outside to take the next step and return to the NCAA Women’s Tournament.