Ryan's stirring battle with pancreatic cancer inspired legions, but like Larry at ODU, she lost her recruiting mojo, and the product suffered.
In short, Boyle appears a central-casting hire, and Virginia certainly is paying her as such with a $700,000 annual salary.
Wolff's total compensation at Virginia Tech is approximately $350,000, and absent women's coaching experience, he's far from prototypical. But dismiss him at your own peril.
Wolff recruited exceptionally well as a men's assistant under Jeff Jones at Virginia. As Boston University's head coach, he guided the Terriers to a 247-197 record and two NCAA tournament appearances in 15 seasons.
Nor is Wolff unfamiliar with the women's game. His daughter, Nicole, was a high school All-American and played collegiately at Connecticut. In fact, Boyle recruited Nicole for Duke.
One of two men coaching ACC women's basketball — Wake Forest's Mike Petersen is the other — Wolff inherits a program that earned nine NCAA bids from 1994-2006. But in seven ACC seasons, all under Dunkenberger, the Hokies are 27-71 in conference play and have lost 10 straight to Virginia.
Greatest challenge: Wolff.
Greatest advantages: Boyle.
Greatest pressure: Larry.
Women's basketball in Virginia just became much more interesting.
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