I retitled the thread as this is really big news.
Strikes me as totally out of the blue. Vin hasn't coached since he resigned his position as director of T&F at Oregon in 2012 and Robert Johnson took over. He's 66 and I figured he had switched over to becoming an administrator/exec full-time.
But last year, he resigned from TrackTownUSA/Oregon21 and was suspended -- indefinitely, and for still nebulous reasons -- as USATF president. I guess he was looking for something new. He was still an associate AD at Oregon (to my knowledge, he was still in that role until accepting this position at UVA). Now he's an associate AD at UVA in addition to his coaching duties.
It's a great hire for UVA. There aren't many more successful coaches than Vin -- he won 11 NCAA titles at Stanford and Oregon. I know people might think now, oh, well it's easy to win at those schools because of funding/recruiting advantages. Well how many titles did Chris Miltenberg (who is a great coach) win at Stanford? Zero. Vin built Stanford into a powerhouse and rebuilt Oregon. And he was also a terrific coach at Dartmouth -- did you realize they were 2nd at NCAA XC twice in the 1980s?
The only concern is he's been out of the game for seven years. Will he still have the energy/patience/desire for a building effort? Is he going to be hands-on in the coaching or will he delegate?
I'm very interested to see how this goes, but I expect Vin to have success in Charlottesville.