Virginia Tech has fired their head coach Justin Fuente and announced the news on Tuesday. Whit Babcock announced the decision, stating that a search is underway and that JC Price is the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Justin Fuente was hired by Virginia after the 2015 season and had managed to win 10 games in his first season as the head coach. After that feat, he had struggled to maintain the same level of success and coached the Hokies to a 5-5 record in 2021. He will be exiting Blacksburg with a record of 69-54.
Whit Babcock Announces The Sacking Of Justin Fuente
Babcock announced that they appreciated the contributions made by Justin Fuente and acknowledged the fact that he had made a positive impact on their student-athletes during his time at Virginia tech. It was not easy for them to make the change but they had to look for something new as the time was optimum to look for a new leader in their footballing program.
Virginia Tech is one of the most attractive football jobs in the US and was competing in the nation’s premier conferences. Babcock was extremely confident that they would be able to identify and hire a new head coach who could build on their rich history and get back to their winning ways.
Babcock will address the media at Virginia Tech’s regularly scheduled football availability at 10:45 a.m. ET Tuesday.
During his press conference following a loss to Syracuse, Justin Fuente was asked about his job security. The Virginia Tech head coach snapped back and said that the only thing on his mind is trying to help his team win football games.
He stated that he was not worried about such a thing but what mattered the most was to give these guys a chance to win. He added that they had a chance to control their attitude and efforts and the athletes were incredible at maintaining such things.
Prior to taking over the Virginia Tech program, Justin Fuente spent four seasons as the head coach at Memphis. Under his leadership, the Tigers went from being a below-average team to winning 10 games in 2014 and nine games in 2015. His record with Memphis was 26-23, but it was 19-6 over his last two years with the team.