Va Tech hires Cincinnati’s Babcock as new AD

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Whit Babcock, the athletic director at Cincinnati since October 2011, will be the new AD at Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech President Charles Steger made the announcement Friday night.

Babcock, 43, replaces Jim Weaver, who retired at the end of year because of health concerns.

Since taking over the AD post at Cincinnati, Babcock has overseen the start of an $86 million renovation and expansion of Nippert Stadium, the Bearcats’ home football field, reinstated and enhanced scholarship funding to Olympic sports, and added men’s indoor track and field.

He also hired Tommy Tuberville to coach the football team after Butch Jones left for Tennessee.

Babcock also has administrative experience at James Madison, Missouri and Auburn.

Born in Lynchburg, he grew up in Harrisonburg and played baseball at James Madison.