BLACKSBURG — Whit Babcock, the athletic director at Cincinnati since October 2011, will be the new AD at Virginia Tech, university President Charles Steger announced Friday.
Born in Lynchburg, Va., Babcock grew up in Harrisonburg and played baseball at James Madison.
“We are very pleased to welcome Whit back to Virginia,” Steger said in a statement. “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.”
Babcock, 43, replaces Jim Weaver, who retired at the end of year because of health concerns.
“I am honored to follow in the footsteps of Jim Weaver and am grateful to Dr. Steger, Dr. (Timothy) Sands, and the search committee for this appointment,” Babcock said. “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.”
Since taking over the AD post at Cincinnati, Babcock has overseen the start of an $86 million renovation and expansion of Nippert Stadium, the Bearcats’ home football field, reinstated and enhanced scholarship funding to Olympic sports, and added men’s indoor track and field.
He also hired Tommy Tuberville to coach the football team after Butch Jones left for Tennessee.
Babcock also has administrative experience at James Madison, Missouri and Auburn.
Babcock’s five-year appointment is effective March 1.