The head coaching carousel is already in full effect. Teams across the country are firing their coaches for not producing enough wins and are scouring the country for their replacements. Texas A&M found their man as the Aggies hired Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams.
Williams is from Texas, so he is experiencing a homecoming with his new job. The Aggies fired Billy Kennedy after they went 14-18 in 2018-19 and finished 11th in the SEC. Texas A&M made the Sweet 16 in the 2017-18 season, but almost all of those players left after the season.
The program announced Williams’ departure with a post on social media.
Thank you for everything, Buzz (@TeamCoachBuzz) 👊
📝 » https://t.co/V6e0SWiZE6#Hokies 🦃 pic.twitter.com/T47h9r6XO1
— Virginia Tech Men's Basketball (@HokiesMBB) April 3, 2019
The Aggies seemed to be in the middle of a rebuilding phase under Kennedy, but the program only made the NCAA Tournament twice in his eight-year tenure. Williams has made the NCAA Tournament eight times in his 12-year coaching career and is one of the more underrated coaches in the nation. He took Virginia Tech to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1967.
The Hokies have the NCAA Tournament in each of the past three seasons for the first time in program history. The 26 wins in the 2018-19 season are the most in school history as Virginia Tech are in the middle of its best basketball run in school history.
Williams is a great hire for Texas A&M as the Aggies are looking to compete in the SEC right away. Sophomore Savion Flagg is a talented player and a good cornerstone for a new head coach to have. Williams helped develop Jimmy Butler when he was at Marquette and he has always gotten the most out of his talent.
Williams’ coaching in the Sweet 16 against Duke was a great example of his ability as a coach. His last-second out-of-bounds play was run to perfection, but Ahmed Hill was unable to finish the layup right at the rim. Williams seems like a natural fir at Texas A&M and a lot will be expected from the 46-year old head coach.