Va. Tech’s Weaver to step down as AD

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

Jim Weaver, who has shep­herded Vir­ginia Tech through two con­fer­ence re­align­ments and over­seen vast fa­cil­i­ties im­prove­ments in 16 years as the school’s ath­letic di­rec­tor, is step­ping down.

“Once in a while, we’re not able to live out our goals and ob­jec­tives, and this is one of them,” Weaver, 68, said in a tele­phone in­ter­view with The As­so­ci­ated Press on Tues­day.

He said he made the de­ci­sion about four weeks ago and in­formed se­nior staff Mon­day.

Weaver, who re­vealed in 2008 that he is bat­tling Parkin­son’s disease, has had four back surg­eries in re­cent years, along with a hip re­place­ment, and is due to have both hips re­placed in the near fu­ture.

The surg­eries are largely a re­sult of the toll of Parkin­son’s on his body, he said.

“I’m not leav­ing at all in de­feat,” he said. “I feel like it’s the best thing for me and my fam­ily.”

Weaver ar­rived in Septem­ber 1997, when the Hok­ies played foot­ball in the Big East and all other sports in the At­lantic 10. By 1999, the Big East in­vited the Hok­ies to be­come an all-sports mem­ber. Five years later, they moved again, join­ing the At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence in 2004.

Un­der Weaver’s watch, the Hok­ies have ex­panded Lane Sta­dium to its cur­rent ca­pac­ity of 65,632, added lux­ury suites, and built a new foot­ball com­plex that was com­pleted in 2010. The three-story build­ing has a locker room on the bot­tom floor, a lounge for the foot­ball team on the sec­ond floor and wrestling fa­cil­ity on the third floor. The space va­cated by the foot­ball pro­gram was then ren­o­vated to im­prove the fa­cil­i­ties of the school’s Olympic sports pro­grams.

Vir­ginia Tech also built a $20 mil­lion bas­ket­ball prac­tice fa­cil­ity that opened in 2009, com­plete with coaches of­fices and prac­tice gyms for both the men’s and women’s teams, weight rooms and locker rooms, and this year added a new video board at Lane Sta­dium that is among the largest in the United States.

Vir­ginia Tech Pres­i­dent Charles W. Ste­ger said in a state­ment posted on the univer­sity web­site that Weaver “has sig­nif­i­cantly ex­panded the pro­gram’s size and qual­ity win­ning in com­pe­ti­tion and in the class­room.”

Ste­ger said the school is in good shape fi­nan­cially and added: “I re­gret to see him leave this role. How­ever, this is a de­mand­ing job. Jim’s health pre­cludes him from main­tain­ing the same com­mit­ment and de­vo­tion he has shown since ar­riv­ing here in 1997.”

Weaver, whose con­tract went through Dec. 31, 2015, said he in­tends to serve on the search com­mit­tee. The school an­nounced that Sharon McClockey, se­nior as­so­ci­ate ath­letic di­rec­tor, will hold the po­si­tion on an in­terim ba­sis be­gin­ning Jan. 1, just as she did be­fore Weaver was hired 16 years ago.

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