Virginia Tech Hokies men's soccer
|Head Coach||Michael Layne Brizendine (6th year)|
|Nickname||Hokies, Fighting Gobblers|
|Colors||Orange and Maroon and White
|NCAA Tournament College Cup|
|NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 16|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|2003, 2005, 2006, 2007|
The Virginia Tech Hokies men's soccer team is a college soccer program that competes in NCAA Division I and the Coastal Division of Atlantic Coast Conference. Their home games are played at Sandra D. Thompson Field.
The improved greatly with the arrival of head coach Oliver Weiss in 2000. Under Weiss, Tech has made four appearances in the NCAA Tournament (second round in 2003, 2005, first round in 2006, and the semifinals in 2007), the only four in school history. The team is currently ranked 4th in the nation under the Division I NSCAA/adidas National Rankings (last updated Tuesday, November 6th, 2007). In the 2007 season, the team achieved its highest national ranking in school history when they reached #4 on October 23rd. The previous highest ranking was in the 2005 season at 8th in the country. Also, Tech set a new school record with a 15 game unbeaten streak (10-0-5 from Sep. 2 to Nov. 3) during the 2007 season.
The popularity for the team and game attendance has increased since the invite to the Atlantic Coast Conference and with the recent 2006 FIFA World Cup. 2008 was by all accounts a rebuilding year, as the Hokies went winless (0-8) in ACC play.
In 2009, Coach Weiss resigned, days before the school self-reported recruiting violations to the NCAA in connection with Weiss allegedly fronting application fees for recruits. Though a good faith mistake, paying for a recruit's application fees, even if the recruit repays the loan, is not permitted by the NCAA. Mike Brizendine, a Weiss assistant and former head coach of Bridgewater College, was promoted to head coach to replace him.
On September 11, 2011, the Hokies defeated the UNC Tar Heels 1–0 in extra time, making it one of the largest college soccer upsets of the 2011 season. Tech, at the time was unranked, while North Carolina was ranked first in the nation.
Recently, although the soccer program has been nothing short of dismal upon the departure of Weiss, the recent recruitment of German soccer players, as well as other countries have the Hokies staring ahead at a very bright future
Drafted by the Chicago Fire as a top ten pick. Considered the best soccer player in school history
- Devante Dubose:
Drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes
- Oliver "The Chicken" Zufall
Up and coming new blood
- Berman, Mark (2009-08-25). "Yellow card for Tech as university reports violations to NCAA". The Roanoke Times.
- "Virginia Tech men top No. 1 UNC in soccer". Charlotte Observer. September 11, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2011.