by Catie Carreras–
After an 18-14 season, the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team has gained a new asset in the form of head coach Kenny Brooks. Many students were surprised to see former head coach Dennis Wolff be relieved of his position, especially since even though their record was not the best, the team made it to the post season.
Although their record is winning, the Hokies struggled the most with ACC games, as they have been for several years now. However, with an impressive level of success at James Madison University, Brooks is a promising change to the program.
The search for Wolff’s replacement did not last long, given Athletic Director Whit Babcock’s personal connection to Brooks. Hokiesports.com reported that “The two of them attended James Madison University at the same time. They played sports at the same time, with Babcock playing baseball and Brooks playing basketball.”
The article goes on to explain that Babcock wasted little time in recruiting Brooks, and that his “resumé speaks for itself, as he built James Madison into a respected powerhouse. A four-time Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year, he guided the Dukes to 11 straight postseason appearances, including six NCAA Tournament berths.”
Eager to see what the next season has to offer, students are setting high expectations for the new head coach. “I think the hiring of Kenny Brooks was a very smart decision and will benefit Tech greatly,” Collegiate Times sports editor Sierra Huckfeldt said. “Brooks brings a refreshing style of coaching to the game and he has been very successful in the past at JMU, which makes me expect big things from him next season.”