Buzz Williams leaves Marquette to coach at Virginia Tech

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Buzz Williams is headed to Virginia Tech after six mostly successful seasons coaching at Marquette.

Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock announced Williams' hiring Friday night in a statement. He will be formally introduced at a press conference Monday in Blacksburg.

Babcock called Williams a "proven winner" with a strong track record of success.

Marquette thanked Williams in a statement for elevating the program in the Big East. The Golden Eagles finished 17-15 this year, ending their eight-year streak of NCAA tournament appearances.

Marquette University released the following statement on this news:

"Head Men’s Basketball Coach Buzz Williams has been an integral part of the Marquette community for the past seven years, including six as head coach, and we wish him and his family all the best as he takes on this new opportunity.

"Coach Williams led the Marquette men’s basketball team to five-straight NCAA tournament appearances, including three-straight Sweet 16 appearances and an Elite Eight run last year. Coach Williams had a record of 139-65 during his six years at Marquette, including leading his team to a 2012-13 Big East Conference Championship.

"His commitment to player development and the creation of Buzz’s Bunch, which provides children with medical needs positivity and support, were the hallmarks of his success off the court."

Marquette interim vice president and athletic director Bill Cords says the school has already begun a search for new head coach.

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