Nov 29, 2019; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies head coach Justin Fuente stands on the field during warm-ups prior to the Cavaliers  game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Fuente to return as Virginia Tech coach in 2021

Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente will return for his sixth season in 2021.

Athletic director Whit Babcock told reporters on Tuesday he met with Fuente for four hours on Monday and “saw and heard what I wanted to see, and it energized me.”

The Hokies (5-6) finished the regular season with a 33-15 victory against rival Virginia on Saturday night in Blacksburg. This is the first time Virginia Tech has finished a regular season with a losing record since 1992.

It remains to be seen whether the Hokies will extend their 27-year bowl streak, the nation’s longest active streak.

Fuente, who replaced the legendary Frank Beamer in 2016, has compiled a 38-26 record. He was 26-23 during four seasons as the head coach at Memphis from 2012-15.

“We felt like this is the most likely successful path,” Babcock said. “I feel good about it. I’m paid to do what is best, not what is easiest or meant to pacify others.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 29, 2019; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies head coach Justin Fuente stands on the field during warm-ups prior to the Cavaliers  game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Va. Tech to keep embattled coach Fuente

Virginia Tech will keep embattled head coach Justin Fuente, according to a report Monday night from The Athletic.

Fuente, who is in his fifth season in charge of the Hokies, is coming off a 5-6 regular season. He has a 38-26 record at Virginia Tech, but his teams are 16-18 against FBS opponents over the last three seasons.

Last weekend, Fuente said he refused to worry about his job security or things beyond his control.

“The biggest thing for this is a sigh of relief that the regular season is over,” Fuente said. “Win, loss, whatever. This is a wrap. That is a huge relief. I wish I was a better orator to describe how difficult it’s been. It has nothing to do with winning and losing. The strain and stress on everybody has just been remarkable.

“I’ve had 11 conversations at midfield and they have all been the same before each game. It’s the hardest thing anybody has pulled off, and some people have played four games. They have no idea of what it’s like to do what we tried to do. I mean, just can’t say enough about our young people.”

Fuente has four years remaining on his contract. He served as head coach as Memphis before coming to Virginia Tech.

–Field Level Media