Former Virginia Tech AD Jim Weaver dies at 70

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Jim Weaver, who served at athletic director at Virginia Tech from 1997-2013, died Thursday at his home in Blacksburg, Va., the university announced. He was 70 years old.

Weaver retired at the end of 2013 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

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“Jim Weaver made a tremendous impact upon our institution, and we are deeply saddened to hear of his passing,” Virginia Tech President Dr. Timothy Sands said in a release. “He was dedicated to making our athletics enterprise among the best in the country, while always being true to the principles and values of this university. We will always be inspired by his legacy.”

Weaver served in the same capacity for Western Michigan and UNLV before going to Virginia Tech. In his 16 years in Blacksburg, the Hokies won 16 ACC team championships. He also played a major role in moving every university sport into the Big East in 2000 before receiving an invite into the ACC for all sports in 2004.

“I just saw Jim Weaver last night at our sons’ baseball game, and we had a nice conversation,” current athletic director Whit Babcock said. “I was so shocked and saddened to hear the news of his passing.

“Jim was a terrific man and a dedicated father to his four sons and husband to wife Traci. He was also a tremendous leader, and I’m forever appreciative of the situation he left me here. This department was in great shape because of his leadership, and he was always so willing to help me. He is certainly going to be missed by all of us, and we offer our thoughts and prayers to his wife Traci, their son Craig and the rest of the family during this difficult time.”

In 2009, Weaver was awarded the John L. Toner Award presented by the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. The award is given to an athletic director who has shown outstanding dedication to college athletics, especially football, where Weaver orchestrated expansion of Lane Stadium and construction of a new football locker room, among improvements for other sports facilities.

“I greatly appreciate what Jim Weaver meant to Virginia Tech, and what he meant to me personally,” football coach Frank Beamer said. “He was a former player and coach who understood those challenges as he served as athletics director. I respected that he was always organized, straightforward and was never afraid to make the tough decisions.”

Weaver was also named the AD of the year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics in May 2014.

Weaver leaves behind wife Traci and four sons — Josh, Paul, Cole and Craig.

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