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Tony Robie has proven to be the right man to build on Kevin Dresser's foundation and take the Virginia Tech Wrestling program to the next level. Now, Robie is receiving a well-earned contract extension.
Virginia Tech announced today that they have agreed to an extension with Tony Robie that locks him in as the Hokies' head coach through 2025.
The contract is more than well-deserved as Robie has led the Hokies to three ACC team titles (regular season and tournament) during his first three seasons while also earning a pair of ACC Coach of the Year honors and having 14 ACC champions. Robie has also led the Hokies to some big victories including a major upset at Ohio State last fall that helped the Hokies rise to as high as #3.
Robie's program has also reached new levels of success at the NCAA Championships with Mekhi Lewis becoming the program's first individual champion in 2019. Additionally, Jared Haught became one of now three national finalists back in 2018 alongside Lewis and Devin Carter in 2014.
Beyond that, Robie is building a strong foundation for Tech to become an even bigger force in collegiate wrestling and have a major window to go win a national championship with elite recruiting classes the past two cycles.
Additionally, the growth of Virginia Tech' SERTC has been a boon for landing high level wrestlers like 2017 World Championship silver medalist James Green and 2019 Pan American Games silver medalist Jenna Rose Burkert. It's also helping current and former Hokies like Mekhi Lewis and Ty Walz develop into high-end, international talents who could definitely reach the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Virginia Tech has become one of collegiate wrestling's biggest powers with Tony Robie being a main reason why Tech has continued to climb the ranks.