Story by Chris Graham
Al Groh started the 2007 season on the hot seat.
He ended it as the ACC coach of the year.
“When a team is fortunate enough to win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship, they get a trophy symbolic of that achievement. We’re not going to get that trophy this year, but when a coach is cited in this way, it’s always when his team has had an outstanding season,” Groh said of the honor, his second as the head coach at Virginia.
UVa. went 9-3 in 2007 and was 6-2 in the ACC – after having been picked to finish fourth in the six-team Coastal Division in preseason voting by members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
The Cavs finished second in the Coastal after losing a de facto division-championship game to in-state rival Virginia Tech on Saturday.
The nine regular-season wins are the most for Virginia since the 1998 season.
Groh was also named ACC coach of the year after the 2002 season.
Chris Graham is the executive editor of The SportsDominion.