Virginia Tech targets Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard, reports say

first_imgSeton Hall coach Kevin Willard, who just led the Pirates to their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in as many years, is Virginia Tech’s target to replace Texas A&M-bound Buzz Williams, reported Wednesday.The report cited an unidentified source who described the Virginia Tech job as Willard’s “if he wants it” with a decision expected this week. An unidentified source close to Willard told The New York Post that “(i)t’s a little serious” between Willard and Virginia Tech, but that he does have reservations.He has has three years remaining on his contract that will pay him just less than $2 million per year. Williams was paid $3 million this season by Virginia Tech.Vanderbilt, which reportedly is close to hiring Jerry Stackhouse, also reached out to Willard as it looked for a new coach, The Post reported. There are a couple of things working in Virginia Tech’s favor: It’s an ACC program that can offer Willard a substantial raise.Willard, who turns 44 Saturday, has coached nine seasons at Seton Hall, where he has a 170-128 record. His work this season was among his best. Related News Seton Hall graduated four senior starters from last year’s NCAA Tournament team and was picked to finish eighth in the Big East, but the Pirates managed to finish third in the conference and earn another bid in a 20-14 season.Before his team’s first-round NCAA loss to Wofford two weeks ago, Willard was pressed by NJ Advance Media on potentially leaving Seton Hall, which is in South Orange, N.J., for a higher-profile job.“No, I mean I don’t think about it that way,” said Willard, a Long Island native. “I love where I am. I’ve been here nine years. My family loves it here. You never think about anything besides your own job — if the Knicks called, yeah, I might take that job.”Before coming to Seton Hall, Willard coached three seasons at Iona, so it’s safe to say he’s comfortable in the New York City vicinity, and according to there are “no guarantees he would go as he has a potential top-15 type team and is very loyal to” current Pirates star Myles Powell, who has one season of eligibility remaining. Texas A&M hires Buzz Williams as basketball coachlast_img read more