Jim Weaver (athletic director)

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Jim Weaver
Jim Weaver.JPG
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1945-03-05)March 5, 1945
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Died July 2, 2015(2015-07-02) (aged 70)
Blacksburg, Virginia
Playing career
1964–1966 Penn State
Position(s) Center, linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1967–1972 Penn State (assistant)
1973 Iowa State (OC)
1974 Villanova (interim HC)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1983–1991 Florida (Associate AD)
1991–1994 UNLV
1996–1997 Western Michigan
1997–2014 Virginia Tech
Head coaching record
Overall 3–5

James C. "Jim" Weaver (March 5, 1945 – July 2, 2015) was a college athletics administrator and former American football player and coach. He most recently served as the athletics director at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, from 1997 to 2014.

Early life[edit]

Weaver was born in 1945 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.[1]


He played college football at Pennsylvania State University for Rip Engle and Joe Paterno and was later an assistant coach under Paterno. After a year as an assistant at Iowa State University and a season as the interim head coach at Villanova University, Weaver left coaching.

In 1983, Weaver was hired by the University of Florida athletics department in the wake of that school's NCAA sanctions. From there, he moved on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to become the director of athletics in 1991. Weaver resigned in 1994 in protest over the hiring of Tim Grgurich, who had been an assistant under the controversial Jerry Tarkanian, to be the school's new men's basketball coach.[2]

Lane Stadium's 2005 west side expansion project, during the 2005 Spring Game

Following a short stay as Western Michigan University's director of athletics, Weaver was hired by Virginia Tech to replace the departing Dave Braine. Under Weaver, Virginia Tech's athletics programs moved from the Atlantic 10 Conference to the Big East Conference and then to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Lane Stadium was expanded twice, in 2002 and 2005.


Weaver died on July 2, 2015 at the age of 70.[3] He had Parkinson's disease.[4]


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