News With Commentary by TSL Staff
Thursday, April 3, 2003
Hokies Hire South Florida's Seth Greenberg
In a Thursday afternoon press conference, Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver introduced South Florida head coach Seth Greenberg as the new head men's basketball coach at Virginia Tech.
Greenberg, 46, has been a collegiate head coach for 13 years, including the last seven at USF, where his record was 108-100. The Bulls appeared on postseason play twice in Greenberg's tenure there, making the NIT in 2000 and 2002. South Florida lost at New Mexico 64-58 in 2000 and at Ball State 98-92 in 2002.
Before he coached at USF, Greenberg was the head man at Long Beach State for six years, where he went 105-70, making his career record 213-170. Greenberg's Long Beach State teams, competing in the Big West Conference, went to one NIT in 1992 and made the NCAA's twice, in 1993 and 1995, losing all first-round games in the three tournaments. LBS won the Big West regular-season championship in 1995/96 but failed to make postseason play.
Greenberg is one of only two coaches -- Jerry Tarkanian is the other -- to notch five consecutive winning seasons at Long Beach State and two seasons of 20 victories or more.
Greenberg, who will turn 47 on April 18th, graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson in 1978, and prior to becoming head coach at Long Beach State in 1990, he was an assistant at Columbia, Pittsburgh, Virginia (under former UVa coach Terry Holland), Miami (under former VT coach Bill Foster), and Long Beach State.
Greenberg, who has known Weaver for ten years, from his days at Long Beach State and when Weaver was the Athletic Director at UNLV, is known for being charismatic, energetic, a good recruiter, and active on the sidelines.
"You build a program on people, relationships, and trust," Greenberg commented. "You build a program on winning people, winning players, and toughness. We're going to put great demands on our players."
The terms of Greenberg's deal are six years and $2.58 million. His annual package, according to Weaver, will amount to about $429,000, including a salary of $158,000, "retention incentives" (TV, radio, speaking engagements, etc.) of $255,000, two separate car allowances of $6,720, and a country club membership of $2,608.
Any camp or shoe contract income that Greenberg makes will be in addition to the contract terms cited above.
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