Ned Skinner Resigns as Virginia Tech Head Coach

Virginia Tech head coach Ned Skinner has resigned from his position, Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock announced on Monday. Sarah Stockwell-Gregson will serve as interim head coach while a search for Skinner’s replacement is underway.

“I want to thank Coach Skinner for his contributions during his 20 seasons of service to Virginia Tech,” Babcock said. “Now we are tasked with finding the right individual to lead our swimming and diving program going forward. We will make no further comments regarding our swimming and diving program until we announce our new head coach.”

That ends a 20-year career for Skinner at Virginia Tech, who was twice named ACC Men’s Coach of the Year (2012, 2014). That included leading the Virginia Tech men to their first ACC title in 2014, and winning 3 Atlantic 10 Championships (women – 1999/2000; men – 2000).

The Virginia Tech men placed 33rd with 9 points from diver Ben Schiesl on the men’s 1-meter; while the women also placed 33rd with 14 points – all from swimmers. For both teams, that was their lowest finish at NCAAs since the 2008-2009 season.

‘“I’m proud of the way our student-athletes represented Virginia Tech over the years, as well as the way they performed academically and athletically.” Skinner said. “I appreciate all the efforts of our student-athletes, as well as our dedicated coaches and support staff. After 20 seasons, I simply felt the time was right for a new leader to take over the direction of the program.”

No announcement has been made about the long-term future of the staff, though all assistants remain listed on the team’s website.

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SwimFan
3 years ago

Nothing against the man, but Braden Holloway’s departure several years ago set this in motion. The recruiting never recovered…

ANON
Reply to  SwimFan
3 years ago

Josh Huger has done a kick ass job with recruiting once he joined the staff. I hope he stays!

VT2
Reply to  ANON
3 years ago

Josh is incredible! Hopefully, his efforts will be appreciated.

Heard it here first
Reply to  VT2
3 years ago

I think all you need to know about Josh and how he’s viewed by the athletic department is look at who they named interim head coach.

Nothing against Josh but if the athletic department/team agreed with you he might be in a different situation.

You know nothing
Reply to  Heard it here first
3 years ago

Josh, as well as all of the assistants, are very well respected by the department, the team, their peers, parents, and each other. Sarah is the lead assistant and has been there the longest- clearly making her the logical choice for interim.

YA JUST HEARD IT
Reply to  Heard it here first
3 years ago

From an administrative standpoint, of course they would put the assistant of 7 years for interim head coach. It has nothing to do with Josh’s abilities as a coach or the department’s view on his abilities.
His success in recruiting and development of the sprint program speaks louder than a temporary position.

bob
Reply to  YA JUST HEARD IT
3 years ago

What sprint program?

THAT SPRINT PROGRAM
Reply to  bob
3 years ago

The sprint program that had only one male under :20 in the 50 free last year, and now has four males under this year. The sprint program that placed second in the 200 medley relay at the 2018 Women’s ACC Championships…to name a few. Looks like Huger had to start from the ground up with VT’s sprint program, and look where he has gotten them now.

M.K.
Reply to  Heard it here first
3 years ago

I think that’s far from “all you need to know.” SSG has seniority over the rest of the staff, as she has been in Blacksburg for many years. On the other hand, Huger has only been there for three (I think). SSG is the logical choice in this situation!

VTFan
Reply to  Heard it here first
3 years ago

Sarah has been there longer than Josh and was the Senior Assistant. It is simply logical to appoint her while they look for a new Coach. I doubt it was really anything that personal.

Anon
3 years ago

Another big time coaching gig just opened up. VA Tech has the potential to become one of the premier teams in the ACC if they can capitalize on high profile recruiting in the talent rich state of Virginia.

MUSTAFA
Reply to  Anon
3 years ago

DeSorbo will never allow that to happen. It’s his state now.

ANON
Reply to  MUSTAFA
3 years ago

VT has held the Commonwealth Cup for 4888 days, clearly not “his” state! #GOKIES

MUSTAFA
Reply to  ANON
3 years ago

From the look of the current commits in the 2019 class, it looks like that’s had a significant bearing on their decison process. Advantage VT! Lol

DravenOP
Reply to  ANON
3 years ago

Bring up football on a swimming board? Damn thats a reach.

ANON
Reply to  DravenOP
3 years ago

Just keeping the conversation light lol, no disrespect to Desorbo when in fact VT should look at UVA and the great change that came with DeSorbo’s hire after Busch left. Change is good! Maybe the team needs a change and a breath of fresh air. Huger seemed to be doing just that! It’s not Desorbo’s state though, there is plenty of room
In the sandbox for lots of great VA coaches, Matt Crispino is one along with Josh Huger!

coachymccoachface
Reply to  ANON
3 years ago

How many National Championships ever?

dmswim
Reply to  coachymccoachface
3 years ago

UVA’s trump card. every. single. time.

dmswim
Reply to  MUSTAFA
3 years ago

While I’m a big UVA fan and alum, UVA isn’t the place for everyone. The academics in particular are quite challenging and admission standards, even for athletes, are high. There is room for both schools to pull local talent.

Curious
Reply to  dmswim
3 years ago

What are the academic standards for a recruited scholarship swimmer to get in to UVA? Any idea on a profile ACT/SAT Top what % in class?

NCSwimDad
Reply to  Anon
3 years ago

Only if you can convince DC area swimmers to go to Blacksburg. With UVA seemingly on the rise again, NC State pretty much as close to DC as VaTech, Texas and Stanford pulling big talent out of the area, heck even William and Mary with their run of success, it’s not like there’s high level talent just sitting around VA waiting for the Hokies to come knocking. I see Carolina as way more of a sleeping giant than VaTech.

ANON
Reply to  NCSwimDad
3 years ago

For those specifically wanting to stay in-state for financial reasons especially if you are a boy there IS high level talent sitting in VA waiting for the Hokies to come knocking. Not too many options for in-state D1 swimming in VA. W&M, George Mason, not fully funded. No athletic scholarships. Am I wrong here? Richmond, Liberty, JMU, no men’s team. That leaves UVA and VT for the most part – not many options. Even as a female the draw VT brings with a visit to Lane Stadium on a recruiting trip takes the cake I would think.

tallswimmmer
Reply to  ANON
3 years ago

“Even as a female the draw VT brings with a visit to Lane Stadium on a recruiting trip takes the cake I would think.”

What the heck does that mean???? What garbage.

Recruiter
Reply to  tallswimmmer
3 years ago

Not garbage when you are trying to sell your University as a whole and wow recruits especially those in-state ones because there is no comparison. Clearly you aren’t a football fan. There are more division one opportunities for female swimmers in VA.

tallswimmmer
Reply to  Recruiter
3 years ago

Umm…. as an alum of a B1G powerhouse, I’d consider myself more than a casual fan of football and the gameday experience – it’s a big sell to a recruit of either sex. I was referring to the “even as a female” part – that’s hot misogynistic garbage.

Recruiter
Reply to  tallswimmmer
3 years ago

Dont think you understood the OP – seems to be meant for in-state available offerings for male or female in the the state of Virginia in general. There are clearly more in-state division one offerings for females in VA. That’s just facts. Financially, if you want to stay in-state and want the big football school and solid swimming school VT is hard to beat for ANY swimmer from a recruiting stand point. The female comment was stated as a bonus for yet another additional opportunity in regards to the males lack there of. Someone brought up Norfolk and VMI which were left off the OP and they are correct.

Triggered
Reply to  tallswimmmer
3 years ago

What you all are missing here is that you’re assuming that there are only 2 genders. Wildly offensive assumptions.

dmswim
Reply to  ANON
3 years ago

ODU is D1 and has a men’s team but wouldn’t compete for the same kind of talent Tech is pulling. Not sure about their funding either. VMI is also D1 with a men’s team but isn’t very competitive at all even in the American East conference.

d2 dood
3 years ago

GOAT

Onehandtouch
3 years ago

Wonder if he’s taking the Wisconsin / Auburn job?

NONA
Reply to  Onehandtouch
3 years ago

I mean, read between the lines of those quotes. This wasn’t his idea.

Swimmash
Reply to  NONA
3 years ago

Pushed out very sad! Great man!

Superfan
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Someone knows something

Onehandtouch
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Care to share?

Who's House?
Reply to  Onehandtouch
3 years ago

YS is headed to Wisconsin and DD is going to Auburn

Have heard the same
Reply to  Who's House?
3 years ago

Ditto the above

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Have heard the same
3 years ago

And I’m replacing Eddie at Texas.

Coach
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

Congrats on the gig.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Coach
3 years ago

Thanks. Small shoes to follow, I know.

Crellen
Reply to  Who's House?
3 years ago

DD?

HeelsHouseIWish
Reply to  Who's House?
3 years ago

Yuri? Why would he do that if Durden went to Auburn? Wouldn’t he be lead for the Cal job? Hope neither happens and he comes home to Chapel Hill to really put the ACC at the top. N.C. has amazing age-groupers coming up and pretty sure none of the boys at the top are even considering Carolina.

Crusty
Reply to  HeelsHouseIWish
3 years ago

The fact that Skinner resigned before DeSelm is horrible for Carolina fans desperately wanting a new coach

NDB
Reply to  Who's House?
3 years ago

So far so good…

Swimmash
Reply to  Onehandtouch
3 years ago

Easier to recruit to Auburn! Great new facilities and investment in Wis!

Swammer
3 years ago

Any ideas of potential replacements?

MUSTAFA
Reply to  Swammer
3 years ago

Matt Crispino would be a great hire.

SwimDad
Reply to  MUSTAFA
3 years ago

Bobby Guntoro would be too. A great chance to be the Head on your own and shake things up. Thoughts on anyone?

Second That
Reply to  SwimDad
3 years ago

Second Bobby G – coach against Todd and Braden and ACC swimming will be a legit force

Swammer
Reply to  MUSTAFA
3 years ago

Crispino swam at William & Mary, I can’t see him leaving.

ANON
Reply to  Swammer
3 years ago

Swimming there means diddly. Money talks and building his resume this would be the gig! He’s done a great job at W&M and the logical progression for him career wise would be to be a Head at a bigger team, why not VT and coach in the ACC?

Swammer 2
Reply to  Swammer
3 years ago

@Swammer…. Really? Probably double the salary if not more and get to recruit with scholarships…. Seems like a great fit, We have seen what he can do with sub-par facilities and no scholarships…

ANON
Reply to  Swammer 2
3 years ago

Agree with you Swammer2!

B1G SWIMMER
3 years ago

Apparently it’s coaching musical chairs in the swimming world this year

Kathy
Reply to  B1G SWIMMER
3 years ago

This is nothing compared to when Eddie, Troy, Jack B retire all about the same time. Throw is Bottom and Teri and we have a carnival.

SWIMNERD
3 years ago

This could mean big things for the Hokies. A great head coach coming in could help take this team to the next level, along with the great incoming recruiting class for the 2018-19 season. We may see the ACC become one of the best, if not the best, conferences in the country within the next couple years. I can’t see a reason why a great coach wouldn’t want to hop on that train.

SinkorSwim
Reply to  SWIMNERD
3 years ago

ACC will not outpace or outperform the PAC-12 in any time; near or future.

Human Ambition
Reply to  SWIMNERD
3 years ago

If I am right, winners of Women’s ACC would have taken 4th or 5th in Big Ten.

DravenOP
Reply to  Human Ambition
3 years ago

Quick glance of the results looks like except for select events that womens Big Ten was much slower than ACCs.

Human Ambition
Reply to  DravenOP
3 years ago

Big 10 won 16-7 events over ACC and took the only triple (100 breast) at NCAA. Looks like Dravenop got it wrong.

SwimGeek
Reply to  Human Ambition
3 years ago

Women are swimming 23 events, huh?

Human Ambition
Reply to  SwimGeek
3 years ago

Sorry. 21 events is awarded at NCAA. Big10 had better number ones than ACC in 15 of those. Also a triple in the 100 breast. So if Dravenop glanced quick and got that Big10 is “much slower” he needs to contact Bauch & Lomb.

Bipartisan SwimFan
3 years ago

Class A coach, Class A guy. If this wasn’t by choice, he will land on his feet somewhere else.

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