Virginia Tech Names Radford's Marci Byers New Head Volleyball Coach

By: Grant Atkinson | @hokie_g | Jan 29, 2020
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Virginia Tech announced Wednesday that they have named Radford head volleyball coach Marci Byers to the same position with the Hokies. She will become the sixth head coach in school history.

The news comes after former head coach Jill Wilson announced her resignation last week. She ended her Virginia Tech career with a 35-57 overall record.

Byers joins Virginia Tech after 12 successful seasons with Radford. She was named Big South Coach of the Year four times during her time with the Highlanders, and she led Radford to two NCAA tournaments.

Byers says she is excited make the move to Blacksburg and is ready to hit the ground running.

“Spending almost my entire career coaching in the state, I’ve always had a great deal of respect for Virginia Tech,” Byers said. “Tech’s reputation as an academic institution, as well as the level of support for its athletic programs and its student-athletes is something I can’t wait to sell on the recruiting trail."

At Radford, recruiting was a strong suit for Byers. In 2017, she led the Highlanders to wins over three Power Five opponents and an NCAA Tournament berth. Over the past seven seasons, Byers has Radford to 5 20+ win seasons including three-straight from 2016-2018.

Byers also appears to be the first African-American woman to be hired as the head coach of a Virginia Tech athletic program.

Virginia Tech volleyball has struggled as of late, and they have not earned an NCAA Tournament berth since 2010. Byers will look to change that course when she takes over in Blacksburg.