Kenny Brooks leaves Virginia Tech for Kentucky

It was not the ending that Hokies fans were hoping for.

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After eight seasons in Blacksburg, Virginia Tech women’s basketball coach Kenny Brooks is leaving to go to the University of Kentucky for the same position. Brooks is just one year removed from Virginia Tech’s first-ever ACC Tournament Championship and Final Four trip and an ACC regular season championship in 2023-24.

Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock released the following statement.

"We hired Kenny in 2016 with the intent of revitalizing our women’s basketball program. Needless to say, Kenny, his staff and student-athletes created a culture of excellence on and off the court. He was an incredible mentor to the young women in our women’s basketball program and a terrific representative of our department and university. We wish Kenny and his family well in this next chapter of his career."

Whit Babcock

Now the question is, where do the Hokies go from here? There is sure to be roster turnover after this decision and the transfer portal will be busy.

As far as a replacement goes, the No. 1 candidate Virginia Tech likely would have been after was Shawn Poppie, but he reportedly will be hired at Clemson, which makes the search very interesting for Babcock and Virginia Tech.

As it turns out, where there is smoke, there is fire as last week before the NCAA Tournament there were rumors about Brooks interviewing with Kentucky and today it becomes official.