Fall 2021 SS Magazine

ONE COACH: Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams awards walk-on Nick Fullard with scholarship

Coaches, how can you bless one of your players today?

Virginia Tech Hokies Men’s Basketball Head Coach Buzz Williams did just that for walk-on Nick Fullard.

Fullard was sitting in class when the school’s mascot surprised him with news he’ll never forget.

Fullard’s teammates and coach Williams were there to celebrate the big news of the full-ride scholarship.

“I think it’s a great lifetime memory for Nick,” said Coach Williams. Happy that most of our guys could make it. I just think it’s something he’s earned and something he’ll always remember.”

Fullard is a redshirt-junior who played two seasons at Division II Belmont Abbey, averaging 3.2 points and 3.5 rebounds as a sophomore. He transferred to Virginia Tech last year and sat out the season due to transfer rules.

When asked if awarding a player with a full-ride scholarship ever gets old, Coach Williams said, “No.” No I think as a coach, as a teacher that’s what you want. You want guys to learn how to work. You want them to learn how to earn something and he’s more than earned that. He’s been here over a year paying his way and so for us to do be able to do that for him, obviously relieves stress from his family but more importantly he knows that he earned it.”

Virginia Tech begins the 2017-18 season hosting Detroit Mercy on November 10.

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty,” (Proverbs 14:23, NIV).

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