Virginia Tech's athletic department made two new hires this week.
Former assistant athletic director at Shenandoah University Robert Harris was hired as the director of men’s basketball operations and former UNC Wilmington pitching coach Robert Woodward was hired in the same position for the baseball team.
Basketball head coach James Johnson announced that Harris would be the new director of operations on Tuesday.
“We are excited to have Rob Harris join our staff as our new director of basketball operations," Johnson said in a statement realeased by Tech's athletic department. “Rob brings a wealth of knowledge, head coaching experience and administrative experience after his service as the assistant athletic director at Shenandoah University and the athletic director at Charlottesville High School.
"We knew he would fit in immediately with our current staff and easily develop good relationships with our players while taking on the day-to-day administrative duties in the office.”
Last year, Harris was the athletic director for Charlottesville High School and before that he was the head coach at Shenandoah for 11 years, where he compiled a 125-162 record. He led his team to two second-place finishes and two third-place finishes in the Dixie Conference (now USA South Conference).
Harris was more then a basketball coach at Shenandoah — he was also an administrator for the athletic department. He was the assistant athletic director for promotions and marketing and worked to develop athletic financial support.
The position Harris is filling had been open since Andy Moore was promoted to assistant coach in June. Moore was the director of basketball operations last season after coming to Blacksburg from Eastern Michigan University.
Woodward is the other Robert new to Tech sports this week. Baseball head coach Patrick Mason hired him on Monday.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Robert join our staff and the Hokie family,” Mason said in a statement released by Tech's athletic department. “Robert brings an impressive baseball resume, and an even more impressive knowledge and work ethic. He has developed quite a reputation as being a relentless recruiter and I am very much looking forward to watching him work with and develop our pitchers.”
Woodward comes from UNC Wilmington, where he was the pitching coach last season. Before coaching the Seahawks, he coached at his alma mater, top ranked North Carolina.
As a Tar Heel Woodward was a star pitcher. His career record was 34-5, with a home record of 22-0. He helped the team to the College World Series in 2006 and 2007.
Once Woodward graduated he had a three-year professional career in the San Diego Padres minor league.
Woodward told HokieSports.com he is eager to come to Blacksburg.
"I could not be more excited to come on board here at Virginia Tech as a member of the coaching staff,” Woodard said. “Virginia Tech is one of the nation's premier combination of first-class academics and athletics.
The position of pitching coach opened up after Mason, the team's former pitching coach, was promoted to head coach after the departure of Pete Hughes.
Another change in the baseball coaching staff is the promotion of Mike Kunigonis from assistant to associate head coach.
Kunigonis was the assistant coach for the last three years, in charge of the offense and outfielders. He was also a volunteer coach for Tech two year before that.
"(Kunigonis) is a tremendous asset to VT baseball and the community of Blacksburg," Mason said in the statement. "He is a tireless recruiter and a very good coach. I am excited to watch Mike take on a larger role in our program, he has earned it."