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Facts & figures on new women’s basketball coach Kenny Brooks

• Brooks is the seventh coach in Virginia Tech program history
• Winningest coach at James Madison with a record of 337-122 (.756)
• 11 consecutive postseason appearances including six NCAA tournaments and five WNITs
• Five CAA titles in the past seven seasons
• Four-time CAA Coach of the Year
• Has coached six CAA Players of the Year, three Rookies of the Year, and two Defensive Players of the Year
• The Dukes boasted 31 All-CAA selections, 11 defensive team and 10 all-rookie team selections during his tenure
• Two players drafted in the WNBA and five professional players
• A 1992 graduate of JMU, played three seasons under legendary coach Lefty Driesell and made two NIT appearances while earning degree in business management
• From Waynesboro, Virginia

Fiala, Owen top finishers as Hokies finish 19th at NCAAs

The Virginia Tech men’s swimming and diving team finished 19th and posted the second-highest finish in program history at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. Tech finished with 44.5 points overall. The top men’s program finish was 18th in 2012. Junior Brandon Fiala became the first Virginia Tech men’s swimmer to earn All-America honors three times. He finished tied for fourth in the 100 breast, fifth in the 200 breast and finished eighth in the 200 IM. Robert Owen, also a junior, earned Honorable Mention All-America status two times after he finished 15th in the 200 back and 14th overall in the 400 IM. Owen was an Honorable Mention All-American in both of those events last year as well.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Brandon Fiala
(Swimming • Junior • Centreville, Va.)
Three-time All-American
Brandon Fiala became the first Virginia Tech men’s swimmer to earn All-America honors three times in a meet and in a career. On Saturday night, Fiala finished fifth in the 200 breast with a time of 1:53.45. On Friday, he tied the highest finish by a male swimmer at Virginia Tech with a tie for fourth place while Thursday night he finished eighth in the 200 IM.

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Virginia Tech tennis player Elena Cerezo-Codina is interviewed by Hokie soccer player Morgan Conklin

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Tech recognizes Union officials at baseball ceremony

Virginia Tech President Dr. Timothy Sands and Athletics Director Whit Babcock held a pregame ceremony before the Hokies’ baseball game against Notre Dame on March 24, recognizing and thanking Union Bank & Trust CEO and president G. William Beale and other Union Bank officials for their recent financial commitment toward improvements and additions to the school’s baseball stadium. Tech renamed the baseball complex, now known as English Field at Union Park, following the company’s $3.5 million commitment. The athletics department plans to begin the initial phases of a multi-million dollar baseball facility improvement project of which the final costs won’t be determined until design-and-build bids are analyzed. Projected improvements and upgrades include additional seating, premium seating, modernized concession areas, a new patio, a new entrance to the stadium, additional restrooms, a new team clubhouse, and new scoreboard and video replay boards.

Hokies have spirited first week of spring football practice

The Virginia Tech football team opened spring football practice on March 22 and held three practices the first week. The Hokies practiced in helmets, jerseys and shorts the first two practices and donned the pads for the third practice, which was held this past Saturday. The Hokies will continue practicing throughout the next month. Spring practice wraps up on April 23 with the annual Maroon-Orange spring game, which kicks off at 2:30 p.m.

Hokies take the series from the Yellow Jackets, 2-1

Virginia Tech’s pitching staff of Maggie Tyler and Mikaela Aiken allowed just a single run in three games in Atlanta last weekend. Tyler, who was named ACC Pitcher of the Week, tossed two one-hit games while Aiken threw six clean innings in the series finale. Between the pair, the Hokie staff tossed 22 strikeouts with eight hits in three games. Lauren Duff led the Hokies’ offense, extending her hitting streak to 10 games, including a 3-for-4 outing on Saturday morning. Virginia Tech took the first two games, 1-0 and 5-0, before falling short in the final game 1-0 with a solo shot in the seventh inning. The Hokies return to Tech Softball Park for a series of four doubleheaders, beginning on Wednesday at 5 p.m., against Liberty.

Hokie men’s tennis squad splits ACC matches

Virginia Tech, ranked 45th nationally, split decisions on the weekend, defeating Duke 5-2 before falling to top-ranked North Carolina 5-2. Against the Blue Devils, the Hokies got out to the early lead as Tech claimed the doubles point. Duke tied it up with the first singles match finished, but the Hokies picked up wins from Andreas Bjerrehus and Aaron Gomez to push ahead 3-1. Tech’s 21st-ranked Joao Monteiro secured the team win as he knocked off 19th-ranked Nicolas Alvarez at the one. The Hokies rounded out the scoring at five with Edoardo Tessaro’s win. Against the No. 1-ranked Tar Heels, the Hokies claimed points from Jai Corbett at five where he defeated Anudeep Kodali 6-3, 7-5. Amerigo Contini also got Tech on the board, defeating 37th-ranked Brett Clark 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3).

Lane leads Hokies at Furman Intercollegiate

The Virginia Tech men’s golf team finished in ninth place at the Furman Intercollegiate, played over the weekend at the Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, South Carolina. The Hokies improved their scores each day and their 1-under 287 in the final round on Sunday was tied for the third-best round of the day. Three of the four counting scores on Sunday were par-or-better. Joey Lane led the Hokies again, posting a three-round total of 6-under 210 and he tied for eighth place overall. He fired a final round 4-under 68, his lowest round of the year. Lane’s final round featured five birdies and just one bogey on the 6,994 yard course.

Women’s golf team nearing end of program’s first season

The Hokies finished in 16th place Tuesday at the Briar’s Creek Invitational. Amanda Hollandsworth and Elizabeth Bose led the Hokies, finishing in a tie for 38th place, rising five spots after shooting matching one-over 73s in the final round. The pair ended the event at six over to serve as the team’s low men for the weekend. Additionally, Hollandsworth led the team with 37 holes played to par and Whitney Stevenson finished with a team-high 10 birdies. Tech will close out the regular season at the Clemson Invitational, starting on Friday, April 1. After this weekend, the Hokies will head to their first ACC championship on April 15 in Greensboro, N.C.

Lacrosse has hard-fought loss at Louisville

The Virginia Tech lacrosse team fell on the road to No. 6 Louisville on Saturday afternoon, 15-9. After trailing 6-2 at halftime, the Hokies fought back and closed the gap to 8-5 with 19:43 remaining in the second half. Louisville scored five straight goals to pull ahead 13-5 with 11:16 remaining. Tech outscored Louisville 4-2 down the stretch but was unable to overcome the deficit. Jessi Thon had a career-high four goals to lead the Hokies with three draw controls. Meghan Macera scored twice and Tech as a team held an edge in draw controls thanks to Tristan McGinley going up against Louisville’s Kaylin Morissette who ranked first in the nation in draw controls per game heading into the contest.

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Virginia Tech Athletics presents its weekly video wrap-up of Tech sports, with host Andrew Allegretta filling you in on what you need to know to keep up with the Hokies.

Hokies working hard to prepare for Fuente’s first season at Tech

Under the direction of new head football coach Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech football is continuing with the lunch pail mentality of working hard every day, as well as bringing a faster pace to workouts, practices, and eventually onto Worsham Field. Coach Fuente’s first 15 practices at Virginia Tech culminate in the Spring Game at 2:30 p.m., April 23. After summer workouts and fall camp, the Hokies host Liberty on Sept. 3 for the opener before heading down I-81 for the Battle at Bristol to take on Tennessee in front of what should be the largest crowd in football history.