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A Legend Returns

Recruiting Bill Roth to its faculty was a major score for the university.
TOUCHDOWN, TECH
Recruiting Bill Roth to its faculty was a major score for the university.

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Bill Roth, former and legendary Voice of the Hokies, has returned to Virginia Tech, this time as a professor of practice in the Department of Communication.

For 27 years, Roth provided radio play-by-play for Virginia Tech football and men’s basketball. During that time, the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association named him the state’s Sportscaster of the Year an unprecedented 11 times, and he was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2013. His jubilant call when Hokies crossed the endzone—“Touchdown Tech!”—became iconic.

Throughout his time at Virginia Tech, Roth worked for IMG, the multimedia rights holder for Virginia Tech sports. In 2015, Roth transferred to another IMG powerhouse, the UCLA Bruins. Yet the draw of the Hokie Nation—and the opportunity to expand the university’s offerings in sports media and analytics—proved too great.

“Virginia Tech’s future is so bright—not just on the fields and the courts, but throughout the commonwealth, academically, culturally, and institutionally,” Roth says. “I’m looking forward to instilling in students the passion and energy I bring to the broadcasting booth. And I’m excited to be home!”