Buzz Williams begins his second season as the head men’s basketball coach at Virginia Tech. Williams led the Hokies to an 11-22 overall record in his first season in Blacksburg.
|Seasons at VT||Second Season|
|Overall Record||31-37 (.456) Games: 68|
|ACC Record||12-24 (.333) Games: 36|
|vs. Non-Conference||19-13 (.594) Games: 32|
|vs. Ranked Teams||2-15 (.118) Games: 17|
|Record Home||23-14 (.622) Games: 37|
|Record Away||4-18 (.182) Games: 22|
|Record Neutral||4-5 (.444) Games: 9|
In his inaugural season at Virginia Tech, Williams began building the culture that will allow the Hokies future success. The team went a long ways towards establishing an identity of hard work, accountability both on and off the court and a tough, competitive nature.
Williams came to Virginia Tech following six seasons as the head coach of the Marquette Golden Eagles. At Marquette, Williams had a record of 139-69 and led the team to five NCAA appearances, including a trip to the regional finals in the 2012-13 season, the same season the team won the Big East Conference regular season title. Williams led the Golden Eagles to a 69-39 Big East Conference record during his time in Milwaukee. Six Marquette players have made it to the NBA during Williams’ tenure. In his eight seasons as a collegiate head coach, Williams has an overall record of 164-108.
“Buzz Williams’ first season at Virginia Tech set a tone for the future,” Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock said. “This program achieved on the court, in the classroom and in the community. His focus and tireless work ethic is indelible throughout the program. His expectations and standards are high and we will continue to improve in all areas because of this environment.”
Williams was an assistant at Marquette in the 2007-08 season. MU concluded the year 25-10 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003.
His coaching career has included stints as an assistant, associate head and head coach. He has been at the NCAA Division I level for 19 seasons, and 2013-14 was his seventh campaign as a head coach. Williams has recruited and coached over 20 players who have earned all-conference accolades, including two league players of the year, two conference freshmen of the year and four Associated Press All-Americans.
Williams arrived in Milwaukee after serving for one season as the head coach at the University of New Orleans. He guided the Privateers to a 14-win campaign in 2006-07 and his roster featured Bo McCalebb, the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. UNO claimed fourth place in the Sun Belt’s Western Division and advanced to the league tournament quarterfinals. The squad claimed as many victories on the road that season as it had in the previous three seasons combined. His recruiting class for the 2007-08 season was ranked in the top-50 nationally by HoopScoopOnline.com.
Prior to UNO, Williams served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M for two seasons (2004-05 and 2005-06) under head coach Billy Gillispie. Both of his recruiting classes with the Aggies were ranked among the best in the nation and featured some of the top-ranked talent at the prep level. The squad made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 25 years in 2005-06 and the previous team posted the top turnaround in the nation, improving its win total in 2004-05 by 14 games compared to 2003-04.
Williams spent four seasons (2000-01 through 2003-04) at Colorado State, serving as an assistant the first three seasons before being promoted to associate head coach in 2003-04. Two of his recruiting classes were ranked among the 40-best in the nation, including the 2003 group, which was tabbed No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference. Colorado State made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 13 years during his tenure and he was named one of the top assistants in the country by HoopScoopOnline.com.
The Van Alstyne, Texas, native was previously an assistant at Northwestern State (1999-2000), Texas A&M- Kingsville (1998-99) and Texas-Arlington (1994-98). He earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Oklahoma City University in 1994 before completing his master’s work in the same field at Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1999.
Williams is married to the former Corey Norman and the couple has two daughters, Zera and Addyson, and two sons, Calvin and Mason.