According to two sources with knowledge of the situation, Virginia Tech has hired former assistant James Johnson as its new men's basketball coach.
Johnson left Virginia Tech a few weeks ago for an assistant coaching job at Clemson, just prior to Seth Greenberg being fired as the Hokies' head coach. Greenberg was fired April 23.
Johnson was an assistant coach at Virginia Tech from 2007 to 2011. He was named associate head coach for the 2011-12 season. He played his college ball at Ferrum College.
During his five seasons on Virginia Tech's coaching staff, the Hokies averaged 20 wins and made four postseason appearances. In addition, Virginia Tech went 9-7 or better in the ACC in three of Johnson's five seasons on staff.
Johnson was very instrumental in recruiting at Virginia Tech. The Hokies' 2011 class was ranked No. 12 nationally by ESPNU.
Before coming to Virginia Tech, Johnson was an assistant coach for two years at George Mason under Jim Larranaga. George Mason made it to the Final Four in the 2005-06 season.
Johnson has also spent time as an assistant at Penn State, College of Charleston, Longwood College, and Hargrave Military Academy.
Johnson is from Powhatan.