Jim Weaver will be stepping down as Virginia Tech's athletic director effective next month, according to David Teel. In a conversation with Teel, which Teel subsequently tweeted, Weaver said his deteriorating health would be the reason for him stepping down from his position.
#Hokies AD Jim Weaver just told me he is retiring effective next month for health reasons. Assoc AD Sharon McCloskey will serve as interim.— David Teel (@DavidTeelatDP) November 12, 2013
#Hokies AD Weaver is battling Parkinsons and also needs hip replacement: "I can't do my job," Weaver said.— David Teel (@DavidTeelatDP) November 12, 2013
Jim Weaver has been the athletic director at Virginia Tech since 1997, and was instrumental in helping Virginia Tech traverse the conference landscape from the Big East to the ACC. Virginia Tech has seen tremendous growth in multiple sports, including football, basketball, track and field, wrestling, soccer, softball and baseball under Weaver's tenure.
Weaver oversaw the construction of the Lane Stadium's revamped press box, the new football locker rooms, the basketball practice facility and has approved the construction of an indoor football practice facility.
Weaver has caught some flak in recent years from Virginia Tech fans with the handling of Seth Greenberg's firing, the women's basketball coaching search, football scheduling and his allegiance to Virginia Tech remaining in the ACC.
We will have more details on the situation as they emerge today and in the upcoming days. Stay tuned to Gobbler Country for the latest Virginia Tech news.
UPDATE #1: Sharon McCloskey will serve as the interim athletic director after Weaver steps down.
UPDATE #2: Mark Berman reporting that Weaver will step down on December 31, 2013.