Virginia Tech head coach John Szefc recently sat down with Tech Sideline to discuss his goals for the Hokies program.
One thing that has been apparent is the way that the Virginia Tech coaches in other sports back one another. Babcock has made a litany of hires since he took over as the Hokies’ Director of Athletics, and each coach has received an outpouring of support from the Virginia Tech community, including Szefc.
“When I met with Whit that Thursday morning, I drove back to Maryland and I was watching my 10 year old,” Szefc said. “He had a baseball game, and I was just standing by the fence watching. My phone just started ringing, and one of the first calls I got was from Frank Beamer. I was like, ‘Really? This is really Frank?’ It was him, and then it was Buzz Williams. It was really nice.”
Szefc was the perfect candidate to take over a Virginia Tech program that has struggled in the past. In fact, the Middletown, N.Y. native has been instrumental in turning around a couple of programs. Before Szefc’s arrival at Marist College, the Red Foxes had never made the NCAA Tournament. In his seven years as head coach, Marist made four NCAA Tournament appearances. Similarly, the Terrapins hadn’t made the NCAA Tournament in 43 seasons. However, in Szefc’s five seasons, he led Maryland to three NCAA appearances, including two Super Regionals.
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