Virginia Tech and head soccer coach Justin Fuente “mutually agreed to half methods” after six seasons, the college introduced Tuesday.
The transfer comes days after the Hokies beat Duke 48-17 to run their document to 5-5 on the season. Fuente compiled a 43-31 document whereas at Tech.
Virginia Tech bought off to begin in 2021, upsetting then-No. 9 North Carolina within the season opener, however may by no means get on monitor, particularly on the offensive finish. The Hokies are ranked subsequent to final within the ACC in scoring and complete offense.
“We sincerely respect the contributions that Coach Fuente made to our soccer program and the optimistic affect he made on our student-athletes throughout his time at Virginia Tech,” Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock stated in an announcement.
“Whereas it’s by no means straightforward to make a change, I imagine to ensure that our soccer program to realize the kind of sustained success that’s anticipated at Virginia Tech, the time was proper for brand spanking new management of our soccer program.”
Fuente took over for legendary coach Frank Beamer earlier than the 2016 season and led the workforce to 10 victories, a division title and a bowl win in that first season — when he was named ACC Coach of the 12 months.
The Hokies by no means reached the ACC title sport once more throughout his tenure and misplaced three straight bowl video games the following three seasons. Virginia Tech completed 5-6 final season.
In line with the phrases of his contract, Fuente will likely be owed a buyout of $10 million. His contract is silent relating to an obligation to mitigate. Had Virginia Tech waited till at the least Dec. 15 to make the transfer, the buyout would have dropped to $7.5 million.
Co-defensive line coach J.C. Value has been named interim coach for the remainder of the yr. Virginia Tech has two video games remaining towards Miami and Virginia.
Contributing: Steve Berkowitz
This text initially appeared on USA TODAY: Justin Fuente, Virginia half methods after six seasons