Dennis Wolff will be named the next head coach of the Virginia Tech women’s basketball program, according to two athletic department sources familiar with the situation. A formal press conference announcing his hiring will be held on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Wolff, 56, served as the director of basketball operations for the Virginia Tech men’s basketball program this past season, and was previously the head coach of the men’s program at Boston University from 1994-2009. He had a record of 247-197 during that time, and led the Terriers to three America East titles and two NCAA tournament appearances.
Before coming to Boston, Wolff was the head coach at Connecticut College and served as an assistant at Virginia, Wake Forest, Southern Methodist and Trinity College. Though he’s never coached women at the collegiate level, Wolff’s daughter, Nicole, was the 2002 McDonald’s Player of the Year and played under Geno Auriemma at Connecticut. His son, Matt, is the director of basketball operations for Jeff Jones at American.
Neither Wolff nor athletic director Jim Weaver immediately returned messages seeking confirmation.
Wolff replaces Beth Dunkenberger, who resigned last week after compiling a 110-104 record during seven seasons in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech finished 11-19 overall, and 1-13 in ACC play, this past season. The Hokies have not made the NCAA tournament since 2006.
None of Dunkenberger’s former assistants have officially left the program yet, and during an interview last week, Weaver said it would be up to the new coach to decide who to keep.
Weaver was looking for a new coach who “wanted to be at Virginia Tech,” and Wolff certainly fits that bill This past season, Wolff served as an advisor on the sidelines for Coach Seth Greenberg, having spent so many years as a head coach himself. He now joins Wake Forest’s Mike Peterson as one of two male head coaches in ACC women’s basketball.
“Dennis brings a wealth of experience to our basketball program, having built Boston University into one of the elite programs in the America East Conference,” said Greenberg, when Wolff was hired as director of basketball operations last August. “His depth of experience, his maturity and his passion for the game are second to none. I will use him as a sounding board, as he has the experience of sitting in the head coach’s seat and having to make tough decisions, each and every day.”