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Virginia Tech Extends Four Head Coaches Including Tony Robie

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On Tuesday morning, Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock announced the contract extensions for four head coaches that will go through the 2028 season.

Tony Robie (wrestling), Mike Brizendine (men’s soccer), Chugger Adair (women’s soccer), and Sergio Miro Lopez (swimming & diving) have all reached agreements to extend their time in Blacksburg.

To say Tony Robie deserved a contract extension would be an understatement. Since arriving in Blacksburg in 2006, Robie has left an unerasable mark on the Virginia Tech wrestling program. After taking full reins of the program in 2017, Robie has led the Hokies to an ACC championship in 2018-19 as well as the ACC Dual Meet Title in 2020-21 and a share of it this season. He also played an integral role in producing Virginia Tech’s first national champion in Mekhi Lewis, who took home the individual crown at his weight class in the 2019 NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh, PA.

Mike Brizendine has put Virginia Tech men’s soccer among elite company. Taking over in 2009, Brizendine has built the Hokies from the ground up. Following five-straight losing seasons to begin his tenure, Brizendine then led Tech to six-straight NCAA Tournaments from 2016-2021, something only four other schools have accomplished (Indiana, Maryland, Wake Forest, and Washington) during that time. Brizendine’s time in Blacksburg has yielded solid individual talent, as Daniel Pereira was selected No. 1 overall by Austin FC in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft. Kristo Strickler was also selected with the third pick of the second round by Houston Dynamo FC previously.

Following his 13th season at the helm of the Virginia Tech women’s soccer team, Chugger Adair has posted 148 wins, a program record. In his time in Blacksburg, he has also become the third Virginia Tech soccer coach to reach the 100-win mark (Jerry Cheynet and Mike Brizendine). The accolade is one rarely achieved in the ACC as a whole, as Adair became just the 10th coach in ACC history to reach the 100-win milestone.

Adair’s squads have been no stranger to the postseason. Since his arrival on campus, the Hokies have qualified for six ACC tournaments, something they did just once prior. They’ve also reached the NCAA’s 12 times with Adair leading the charge, competing in the Sweet 16 four times.

In a short period of time with the Hokies, Sergio Lopez Miro has turned the Virginia Tech Swimming and Diving teams into a force to be reckoned with. The four-time Olympic coach and two-time Olympian took the helm in 2018 and has rocketed the Hokies up the national rankings. The 2020-21 season was one to remember, as Lopez Miro willed the men’s side to an 11th place finish at the NCAA Championships, good for the highest finish in school history. The women finished 21st, the second highest finish in school history. Since his arrival, Lopez Miro has turned in 34 All-Americans as well as 39 school records.

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