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 represents the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in all NCAA Division I men's college soccer competitions. The Hokies are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference and play their home matches at Sandra D. Thompson Field.
Historically, Virginia Tech has been one of the weaker outfits in the ACC, regularly finishing towards the bottom of the conference standings. The program's most successful era came briefly in the early to mid-2000's, where the five years, the Hokies earned three berths into the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship. In 2003 and 2005, the Hokies made their first two appearances in the tournament, where they reached the Second Round of the tournament. In 2007, the team made a remarkable run to the College Cup, making their deepest run in tournament history. Since their 2007 run, the Hokies have not ever qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
Oliver Weiss era, NCAA violations
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.
Translating across all sports, Virginia Tech is often seen as rivals with Boston College.
Virginia Tech's major rival in soccer is the Virginia Cavaliers men's soccer program. The two sides have a longstanding rivalry across all sports which translates over to soccer. Generally, matches between the two sides attract larger than average crowds. In the 2005-06 and 2006-07 school years, the program-wide rivalry was called the Commonwealth Challenge. A renewed rivalry competition began for the 2014–15 season, called the "Commonwealth Clash."
To be announced in August 2015.
|Virginia Tech (Independent) (1972–1994)|
|Independent (1972–1994) Total:||193–165–33|
|Virginia Tech (Atlantic 10) (1995–1999)|
|Virginia Tech (Independent) (2000–2000)|
|Independent (2000) Total:||8–9–2|
|Virginia Tech (Big East) (2001–2003)|
|2003||Oliver Weiss||14–5–3||7–3–0||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|Big East Total:||35–18–6||16–12–2|
|Virginia Tech (ACC) (2004–present)|
|2005||Oliver Weiss||10–5–5||3–2–3||4th||NCAA Second Round|
|2006||Oliver Weiss||11–8–1||2–5–1||8th||NCAA First Round|
|2007||Oliver Weiss||14–4–5||3–1–4||4th||NCAA College Cup|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
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- "All-Time BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Standings" (PDF). Big East. GRFX.cstv.com. p. 2.