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Virginia Tech names John Dooley assistant to the athletic director

Dooley is the former president CEO of the Virginia Tech Foundation.

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The Virginia Tech Hokies made a big hire on Thursday when athletic director Whit Babcock announced John Dooley would be joining his staff as the special assistant to the director of athletics.

Dooley brings an impressive background to his new position, serving as the CEO of the Virginia Tech Foundation from 2012-21. Dooley worked extensively in fundraising in his former role, which means he is the ideal fit for this role. In his new role, Dooley will work with Babcock, and the Hokie Club as the team works toward the $400 million “Reach for Excellence” initiative back in April.

Babcock said the regarding Dooley:

John will serve as a valuable asset for us as we seek to reach the lofty objectives set forth in the Reach for Excellence campaign. John’s long history of fostering relationships with alumni, donors, and other key constituents to broaden the impact of Virginia Tech makes him uniquely qualified to serve in this newly-created role. For nearly 40 years, John has been very personally invested in Virginia Tech’s spirit of Ut Prosim, and we look forward to his contributions in this latest role at Tech. John has positively impacted generations of Hokies and this is one more opportunity for him to make a lasting impact on the greater Virginia Tech community.

Dooley offered the following:

I appreciate Whit and President Sands extending me the opportunity to assist with the Reach for Excellence campaign. My passion for Virginia Tech, its mission, and its people has never wavered over the years. I enthusiastically endorse the vision of excellence outlined in the Reach for Excellence campaign, and I’m confident reaching these goals will contribute to future success of Tech Athletics. I can’t wait to engage with my many friends and colleagues across Hokie Nation as we all join together to support this great cause.

This is such a smart move by the Hokies. In the last several months, the moves they’ve made are encouraging regarding the future of sports, specifically the football program.