Blacksburg, VA (WWBT)- James Johnson left Virginia Tech for an assistant coaching job at Clemson three weeks ago in hopes that it would better prepare him for a head coaching position. Who would have thought that the head coaching job he sought would come so soon.
Johnson was introduced as Virginia Tech's head coach on Tuesday afternoon during a press conference at Lane Stadium. He spent five seasons under Seth Greenberg and brings 19 years of assistant coaching experience to the table. Hokie athletics director Jim Weaver said that every head coach has gotten their break in their career, and he was more than happy to give Johnson his.
Weaver said that player input was critical in the hiring of Johnson, who becomes the youngest head coach in the ACC. Johnson said during the press conference that he didn't think there was anybody better for the position than himself, as he had a hand in recruiting many of the Hokie players, knows the staff and support group and has familiarized himself with the university over the course of the last five years.
Johnson agreed to a five year contract with the school and will earn $680,000 in his first year.