BLACKSBURG (WSLS) — Jim Weaver, Virginia Tech’s athletic director for 16 years during the most successful period in the school’s history, died Wednesday night, according to Hampton Roads. He had been battling Parkinson’s disease. He was 70 years old.
The newspaper reports Weaver had been living in Blacksburg since his retirement for health reasons at the end of 2013.
He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004, revealing it publicly two years later.
He served as Virginia Tech’s athletic director from 1997-2013, the second-longest tenure in Hokies history to Frank Moseley, who held the job from 1951-78.
During Weaver’s run, Virginia Tech moved from the Atlantic 10 to the Big East to the ACC, was on the cusp of winning a national championship in football, made great strides in its non-revenue sports and underwent a facilities boom.
A former Penn State player and coach under Joe Paterno, Weaver had several different stints in athletic administration at Florida, UNLV and Western Michigan before joining the Hokies.