Virginia Tech director of athletics Whit Babcock announced Wednesday that Virginia Tech alumnus and longtime benefactor Win Sheridan has pledged $5 million to the Virginia Tech football program.
Sheridan’s gift will help fund a complete redesign and renovation of the Hokies’ locker room facility. A variety of design options and upgrades are currently under consideration. Conceptual renderings for the project will be shared at a later date once further details are finalized and approved.
“I am extremely enthusiastic about the direction of the Virginia Tech football program under the leadership of head coach Brent Pry,” Sheridan said. “Coach Pry was working under Coach Beamer when the Hokies truly emerged onto the national stage with a historic win in the 1995 Sugar Bowl, a victory that helped propel Tech to the national championship game following the 1999 season.
“When our football program is successful, it raises the profile of our entire university,” Sheridan said. “I was fortunate to help fund the construction of the current locker room along with some of my best friends, and it’s truly my pleasure to help transform this space to meet the needs of Coach Pry and our team for years to come. I’m immensely proud of Virginia Tech and the trajectory of a place that means so much to me. It’s a great time to be a Hokie!”
Sheridan co-founded Apex Systems, an information technology services company, in 1995 with fellow Tech alums Brian Callaghan and Jeff Veatch. Acquired by ASGN Incorporated in 2012, Apex Systems had sales of $2.4 billion in 2021 and employs approximately 30,000 individuals. Sheridan has served as a Director of ASGN Incorporated since 2012.
Sheridan was part of the group that provided substantial funding for the original Team United Locker Room in honor of Frank Beamer that was constructed in 2009 as part of a $15 million expansion of the Jamerson Athletic Center. Sheridan was joined in that effort to fund the existing locker room facility by Callaghan, Veatch, and fellow Tech alum Ted Hanson.
“Win continues to serve as a great example of the tremendous impact our alumni can have on our overall success and make in the lives of our student-athletes at Virginia Tech,” Babcock said. “Win has consistently set a very high standard in terms of his benevolence and commitment to Tech Athletics over many years,” Babcock said. “The redesign and renovation of the football locker room will mark another key project to ensure we provide a first-class experience for our football team, in addition to remaining competitive with our peers in terms of player-centric spaces and recruiting.
“Win is creative and a great leader in his own right. He understands what it takes to be great. We appreciate him stepping up and investing in our momentum and future at this critical time.”
“Win has been exceptionally generous to his alma mater over the years,” Virginia Tech football head coach Brent Pry said. “On behalf of everyone associated with Virginia Tech football, I would like to personally thank Win for his continued support and specifically his most recent gift. Win’s investment in our locker room project will positively impact our football family. We sincerely appreciate Win’s example of giving back to this university and his belief in the direction of our football program.”
“Win Sheridan and his Apex partners who helped fund the original construction of our locker room are great Virginia Tech success stories,” Hall of Fame coach Frank Beamer said. “More importantly, Win, Jeff, Brian, and Ted are all tremendous people. They have all been wonderful supporters of Tech Football and other campus initiatives over the years. It didn’t surprise me at all that Win decided to step up with a generous gift to bring our locker room up to today’s standards. I’ve greatly appreciated Win’s friendship and his love of our alma mater over the years. Thank you, Win, for your latest contribution to the success of Virginia Tech.”
Investing in the future of Virginia Tech students certainly isn’t a new concept for Sheridan, who has contributed over $8 million to a variety of projects at his alma mater over the years. Virginia Tech’s Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship was named in recognition of a joint commitment of $5 million by Sheridan, Callaghan, Veatch, and Hanson.
Motivated by a simple vision to create a university-wide platform for entrepreneurship, the Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is supported by alumni highly committed to supporting student founders and launching the center on a trajectory for rapid growth.