UVA basketball promotes Jason Williford, Orlando Vandross up the assistant coach ladder

After the departure of associate head coach Ron Sanchez to Charlotte, UVA basketball had to amend its coaching staff. In a move that our Shane Mettlen mentioned last month, Virginia promoted from within. Veteran assistant coach Jason Williford, who played at UVA in the 1990s, is now Virginia’s associate head coach; meanwhile, Orlando Vandross, who headed up recruiting and player development the last three seasons, has been promoted to an assistant coach.

Virginia announced the decisions on Tuesday afternoon.

Williford has been a part of Tony Bennett’s staff with UVA basketball since Bennett took over. “One of the best decisions I made when I first got the job here was to hire Jason Williford,” Bennett said. “His loyalty to our program, his passion for the players and his ability to recruit made this an easy decision.”

Vandroos, ironically, was an assistant coach at Charlotte for five seasons (2011-15) before heading north to Charlottesville. Prior to that, Vandross spent 13 seasons as an assistant coach for Boston University.


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