Pictured: Ace Custis being interviewed following the Hokies 1995 NIT Tournament Championship. Picture courtesy of Virginia Tech Athletics.
According to HokieSports.com, Virginia Tech head men’s basketball coach Mike Young has announced Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Famer and native Eastern Shoreman Ace Custis has been hired as coordinator of basketball relations.
“As I continue to build our staff, I am excited about the addition of Ace Custis” Young said.
Adrian “Ace” Custis joins the program after five years as an assistant coach at Maryland-Eastern Shore. Prior to UMES, the Eastville, Virginia native was an assistant at Virginia State in 2013-14. Custis played professional basketball for 15 seasons, including an 11-year career playing overseas. He will work with community outreach, recruiting activities, community service projects and NCAA sponsored life skills programs developed for basketball student-athletes.
Custis was a four-year basketball standout at Virginia Tech, where he was one of the most popular student-athletes in the history of the program. He was the third player in VT men’s basketball history to score 1,000 points and bring down 1,000 rebounds. He had his No. 20 jersey retired in 1997, one of just four players to earn that accolade. He is currently third in career rebounds at Virginia Tech and seventh in career steals. He is 11thin career scoring for the Hokies.
Widely hailed as the best basketball player the Eastern Shore has ever produced, Custis was a four year starter in his time as a Yellow Jacket at Northampton High School under Coach Jim Conrow. He finished second in a Bay Rivers District scoring race during his senior year in 1992, averaging 24.4 points a game, finishing second to future NFL player Percy Ellsworth from Southampton High School.
“Ace is one of the greatest players in the history of Virginia Tech basketball,” Young said. “He helped hang a championship banner in Cassell Coliseum, he was an All-American, he’s in the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame and he spent 15 years in the pro game. On top of all of that, he was always known as a team-guy who was unselfish and relentless on defense. To have a person like Ace Custis want to rejoin Virginia Tech basketball is something I didn’t want to pass up.”