BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10) – Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente is the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year in a vote of members of the Atlantic Coast Conference Sports Media Association (ACSMA).
In his first season with the Hokies, Fuente led the team to a 9-3 record and a berth in the Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game, the school’s first appearance in the league title game since 2011.
Fuente’s nine victories are tied with C.P. Miles (9-1 record in 1905) for the most by a first-year coach in Virginia Tech history.
The ACC’s youngest head coach and the fourth-youngest FBS head coach, Fuente has overseen an offensive resurgence for the Hokies in 2016. Virginia Tech’s 28 touchdown passes already have surpassed the previous single-season school record of 24. At its current pace, the offense is projected to break single-season team records for points, total offense and passing offense.
The 40-year-old Fuente joined Virginia Tech after a four-year stint at Memphis, where he orchestrated a remarkable turnaround. After inheriting a program that went 5-31 in the three years prior to his arrival, the Tigers went 19-6 in their final two seasons under Fuente, earning back-to-back bowl appearances.
Virginia Tech is currently ranked No. 18 in the Amway USA Today Coaches Poll and is No. 19 in the Associated Press’ Top 25.
ACSMA Coach of the Year voting:
- Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech 27
- Dabo Swinney, Clemson 11
- Dave Clawson, Wake Forest, 4
- Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech 2
- Bobby Petrino, Louisville 2
- Mark Richt, Miami 1
- Pat Narduzzi, Pitt 1