Whit Babcock Virginia Tech’s Next Athletic Director

January 27th, 2014 | by CollegeAD
Whit Babcock Virginia Tech’s Next Athletic Director

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Virginia Tech President Charles Steger announced Friday, January 24th, 2014 that Whit Babcock will become the university’s next athletic director. An official press conference to announce Whit Babcock as the Hokies next Athletic Director is expected today, Monday, January, 27th, 2014.

“We are very pleased to welcome Whit back to Virginia,” said Steger. “He has substantial experience managing large business enterprises and shown the ability to identify and attract talented coaches and staff. We are also impressed with his ability to engage and energize the fan base. We are extremely pleased to garner someone with his well-rounded experiences and talent.”

In a statement to the media Friday, Whit Babcock said “I am honored to follow in the footsteps of Jim Weaver and am grateful to Dr. Steger, Dr. Sands, and the search committee for this appointment. I would like to also thank the University of Cincinnati community which has been so wonderful to me and my family. I certainly owe a debt of gratitude to the students, staff, coaches, and administration there. However, working for Virginia Tech is a unique and special opportunity . . . an opportunity to come home to Virginia and become part of the Hokie family is truly a dream come true. I am anxious to get started in Blacksburg and help build on Virginia Tech’s success and upward trajectory.”

A native Virginian, Babcock was born in Lynchburg and grew up in Harrisonsburg. He played baseball at James Madison University and graduated in 1992. He also received a master’s degree in sports management from West Virginia University in 1996.

Babcock has worked at several major universities over his 20 year career. Prior to his appointment at Cincinnati, Babcock served as executive associate athletic director at University of Missouri where he oversaw all external relations and development operations for the department in addition to serving as sport administrator for the men’s basketball program.

He also served previously in various athletic fundraising and marketing leadership roles at West Virginia University, Auburn University, and James Madison University.

Whit Babcock’s Accomplishments At University Of Cincinnati

  • Recruited Tommy Tuberville, one of the nation’s top coaches and recruiters, as head football coach;
  • Moved forward with plans for an $86 million renovation to historic Nippert Stadium to be completed prior to the football season in 2015;
  • Opened the Sheakley Athletics Center as a football practice facility and lacrosse field;
  • Launched a scholarship enhancement plan for Olympic sports; and
  • Created a three-year strategic plan (ONE TEAM) for all facets of UC’s athletics program.

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