Report: Virginia Tech hires ex-assistant James Johnson to replace Seth Greenberg


WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, S.C. first reported and multiple outlets have confirmed that Virginia Tech is bringing back former assistant James Johnson to replace Seth Greenburg as head coach in Blacksburg.

This move means Johnson will not take an assistant coaching job at Clemson, as he had planned to do earlier in the month, and now returns to the school where he has been an assistant for the past five seasons.

Johnson’s focus at Virginia Tech was on recruiting, as he joined the Hokies after two seasons with George Mason.

On his university information page, former coach Seth Greenberg is quoted as saying Johnson is a “head coach waiting to happen.”

Virginia Tech finished last season with a  record of 16-17, including 4-12 in the ACC. Greenberg was fired at a press conference on April 24.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_