Buzz Williams adds new assistant to Virginia Tech staff


BLACKSBURG, Va. — Virginia Tech head men’s basketball coach Buzz Williams has announced the addition of former Harvard and UCF assistant Christian Webster to his coaching staff.

A native of Washington, D.C., Webster comes to Blacksburg with a wealth of NCAA Tournament experience as both a student-athlete and an assistant with the Crimson.

“I’m extremely excited to welcome Christian to our basketball family,” Williams said. “He fits exactly what we were looking to add to our program, building upon his experience of having been an outstanding player at Harvard, along with his coaching career thus far. Being from the D.C. area, he has a great familiarity with that region’s basketball community, which is an important recruiting ground for us. He has an outstanding rapport with student-athletes and his character matches what we want everyone in our program to be about, on and off the floor. With the promotions of Steve Roccaforte and Jamie McNeilly to our first and second assistants’ positions, Christian will be a great compliment to this staff.”

After two seasons at his alma mater, Webster spent the 2015-16 season in Orlando with the Knights, his second Division I assistant coaching job at just 25 years old.

Harvard went 49-13 and made back-to-back appearances in the Big Dance in Webster’s two seasons on the bench. The 2014 NCAA Tournament saw the Crimson upset No. 5 seed Cincinnati, 61-57, in the second round and a near-upset of No. 4 Michigan State.

Webster was asked to join head coach Tommy Amaker’s staff after he had just completed a decorated four-year career in Cambridge. He holds the distinction as Harvard’s winningest player with 90 career victories that featured three consecutive Ivy League Championships and back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths. Webster also ranks fifth in program history with 176 career 3-pointers and second with 117 games played.

Webster graduated from Harvard in the spring of 2013 with his degree in psychology.