Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Former BU men’s bball coach to head Virginia Tech women’s team

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff

After a two-year absence, Dennis Wolff has re-joined the ranks of collegiate basketball head coaches, but this time around, he’ll be coaching in a whole different game – literally.

The former Boston University men’s basketball coach was named as the head coach of the women’s basketball program at Virginia Tech University Tuesday.

The hiring was confirmed by several Virginia news outlets on Monday after Sam Perkins of One-Bid Wonders first reported the school’s decision on Sunday.

Wolff headed the Terrier men’s basketball program for 15 seasons, compiling an overall record of 247-197, a mark that makes him BU basketball’s all-time winningest coach. In his time on Commonwealth Avenue, Wolff led the Terriers to five America East regular-season championships and two appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

He was fired following the conclusion of the 2008-09 season after his team fell to University of Maryland-Baltimore County in the quarterfinals of the AE Tournament, and was replaced by current BU head coach and then-Villanova University assistant Patrick Chambers.

This marks the first time Wolff has ever been a collegiate women’s head coach. His daughter Nicole was the 2002 McDonald’s Player of the Year before playing at the University of Connecticut.

The 56-year-old Wolff is taking the Virginia Tech women’s job after spending a year as the director of basketball operations for coach Seth Greenberg and the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team.

Wolff replaces former coach Beth Dunkenberger, who went 110-104 in seven seasons with the program, but went just 11-19 and 1-13 in Atlantic Coast Conference play this past season.

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