The season that was a trainwreck

Well? How’s everyone feeling this morning? Relieved? Anxious? Ready for a change? Whatever may be going through your minds this morning, we here at TechHoops want to take a moment to thank you, the fans, for supporting this site by reading our articles, sharing them, commenting on them, and spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter.

According to Google Analytics, more than 20,500 of you visited our site this season and racked up more than a quarter million pageviews. In seven years, we have had 250,000 unique visitors to our site. A quarter million people. Just, wow. We’re honestly humbled. So, thank you!

Last season, we ditched paid advertising and went to a simple donation system that appealed directly to the fans. NPR style, if you will, only, we’re not a nonprofit, so any donation to the site is based purely on your love and/or appreciation of TechHoops and our efforts.

Below are the donors who have contributed to this site over the last two seasons. We are so grateful for their support. And we’re brainstorming ideas on how to take this Wild Hokie Club to the next level. If you have any ideas, we’re all ears!

2013-2014

2012-2013

  • Daniel K.
  • Chris D.
  • Patrick L.
  • Matt D.
  • Andrea T.
  • Steven S.
  • Jon K.
  • Patrick C.
  • Jon P.
  • Ryan L.
  • Lucian L.
  • Scott B.
  • Matthew W. (x2)
  • Brandon S.
  • Andrew M.
  • Ryan W.
  • James B.
  • Tushar P.
  • Bryan S.
  • Ben F.
  • Dan R.
  • Timothy B.
  • James S.

This season, we didn’t put the donation form up until late in the season, hence why that list is a bit smaller than the previous year. We weren’t sure how much content we could contribute coming into this season, so we were hesitant to accept donations. Niemo and his lovely bride had their first baby, plus Niemo’s coaching these days. And me, I’m working on another degree in addition to coaching and scout leading, and etc. However, as it turns out, we were able to keep up with the season, and thus decided to put the appeal back up with zero mention of it, and people noticed.

When this site started, there were about six contributors, but, unlike Wick, the other Jay, StreetBallaRob, and davey “I love Stiney” woods, who all bailed, Niemo and I have stuck around. Our hope is to make it to at least 10 years. And we hope you guys will be right there with us.

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  • Pat Leonard

    I fully intend to use beer to kill the brain cells that house memories of this season. I want them gone. I really think this team has more talent that they’re given credit for, but I blame the coaching for being unable to take that talent and convert it to wins. I’ll be disappointed if Whit Babcock doesn’t clean house.

    • HBHokieSurfer

      I agree with you totally and hopefully a change is coming. However I’m gonna use bourbon to ease my pain.

      • http://www.thegarycope.com/ Cope

        Gentleman Jack

  • HBHokieSurfer

    Thank you guys for such great coverage over a long and challenging year. As a Hokie fanatic living in SoCal, it’s great having a website dedicated to Hokie BBall that keeps me up to date with the latest news. You can’t find better Tech hoops coverage anywhere. Keep up the great work and thanks again.

    • http://www.thegarycope.com/ Cope

      Thanks for stickin’ with us, dude!

  • FruitpietheMagician

    I’m already disappointed! First we fire the greatest coach we ever had when he wasn’t expecting it, and now we haven’t pulled the trigger yet on firing someone who we all know needs to go and who IS expecting it! But seriously guys, thanks for the great coverage this year and years past. This was the first year in 15 years that I did not make it to a game. So I needed your great gamecaps and all!

  • Lee Arey

    I tend to hope that James Johnson is kept, has a good season nezt year, and ultimately signs Thon and Malik Maker!

  • deathrow821

    Looks like JJ was just fired. Wish him all the best, he was a great guy if you ever had the chance to meet him.

  • Slam Dunk

    Coach JJ has been let go. see hokiesports.com

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