Buzz Williams has officially become a college basketball program builder. Williams, fresh off of his best season with the Virginia Tech Hokies has decided to take the head coaching job with the Texas A&M Aggies.
Williams spent five seasons with the Hokies. He led the former downtrodden program to the brink of the Elite 8 within one recruiting class cycle. The Hokies finished (26-9) and earned the No. 5 seed in the ACC despite losing point guard Justin Robinson midway through the conference year. The Hokies were a Top 10 team at the time of the injury and they seemed to have staying power in the ACC. They were also a couple of plays away from defeating the Duke Blue Devils in their Sweet 16 matchup. Turns out, a missed alley-oop layup by Ahmed Hill was the final play of Williams’ career with the Hokies.
Maybe, he is learning from prior stops. Williams spent six seasons with the Marquette Golden Eagles. He won at least 20 games in each of the first five seasons. However, Williams led the team to a (17-15) record in 2013-14, missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time. Soon after, Williams left for Blacksburg, Virginia to build the Hokies into a national power. Just as they are on the cusp, Williams decided to leave for what has to be more money.
Overall, Williams has a (253-155) record in 12 coaching seasons. He spent one season as the head coach with the New Orleans Privateers before before becoming an assistant coach with the Eagles. A year later, Williams was named head coach of the Eagles where he spent five seasons. He also amassed a (139-69) record with Marquette. Interestingly enough, Williams finished his Virginia Tech tenure with a (100-69) record. Therefore, he has the same amount of losses in the last two head coaching spots.
Originally, Williams signed a seven-year deal to become the Hokies’ head coach in 2014. After a rough start that included an (11-22) record in the first season, Williams quickly turned it around. He brought four straight 20-win seasons to the program. In all, Williams has led his respective teams to eight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Williams spent three seasons as an Aggies assistant coach from 2004-06. Therefore, this is a sort of a homecoming for the head coach. Williams is expected to have his press conference on Thursday to officially announce the decision.
The Aggies finished (14-18) last season under Bill Kennedy. The Aggies also made the Sweet 16 twice in the last four seasons. However, they have never earned a trip to the Final Four. Therefore, Williams can take the program to new heights. The only question is how long will the Buzz last in College Station, Texas?