Virginia Tech head wrestling coach Tony Robie has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at the helm of the Hokies’ squad through the 2022-23 season, the athletic department announced on Wednesday. The extension also includes a one-year rollover option for the 2023-24 season.
Robie is entering his second full season as head coach of the Hokies. He was named interim head coach during the 2017 postseason and received the promotion one week after the season ended. In his first season as head coach, he led the Hokies to their second-consecutive ACC title, coaching four individual ACC champions and three NCAA All-Americans.
“I want to thank Whit Babcock, Chris Helms [senior associate AC], and our entire athletic administration here at Virginia Tech for having the confidence in me to lead this program into the foreseeable future,” Robie said in a press release. “I truly believe that we have the pieces in place to build on our recent success and create a new standard for the program. With the people and passion currently surrounding the program, I am certain that great things will continue to be accomplished.”
Robie has played a key part in building Virginia Tech into a national powerhouse. He first joined the coaching staff in 2006 and has helped lead the Hokies to four ACC championships. As associate head coach in 2016, Robie helped Virginia Tech claim its first team trophy when the team finished fourth at the NCAA Championships.
“This commitment to Coach Robie is extremely important for the continued success of our wrestling program here at Virginia Tech,” Director of Athletics Whit Babcock said. “Year after year, Coach Robie has produced successful student-athletes on and off the mat while instilling a culture within his program that is in line with our core values as a department. We are very fortunate that he will continue to call Blacksburg home.”
Robie’s first season as head coach featured many achievements. The Hokies finished the season with a .824 winning percentage, the most by a first-year coach in Tech history and third-most by a first-year ACC coach. Robie led his team to 14 dual meet victories, one shy of the ACC record for most by a first-year head coach.
Virginia Tech opens the 2018-19 season with the Hokie Open on Nov. 4. The tournament will be held at the Berglund Center in Roanoke.