Seth Greenberg

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Seth Greenberg
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Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1956-04-18) April 18, 1956 (age 58)
Plainview, New York
Playing career
1974–1978 Fairleigh Dickinson
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Columbia (assistant)
Pittsburgh (assistant)
Virginia (assistant)
Miami (FL) (assistant)
Long Beach State (assistant)
Long Beach State
South Florida
Virginia Tech
Head coaching record
Overall 367–276
Accomplishments and honors
2 Big West Tournament (1993, 1995)
1 Big West regular season (1996)
1 C-USA co-champion National Division (2000)
2x ACC Coach of the Year (2005, 2008)

Seth Greenberg (born April 18, 1956) is an American college basketball coach, and the former head coach for the Virginia Tech Hokies men's basketball team. After his initial season coaching the team in the Big East Conference, he guided the Hokies through their first two full seasons in the Atlantic Coast Conference starting in 2004–05, earning the team a first-round bye in the ACC Tournament and their first post-season tournament appearance since 1996 with a trip to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

Greenberg's success in 2005 earned him the ACC Coach of the Year award, given by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. He repeated this achievement in 2008.

In 2005, he helped donate 2,400 student tickets to the NIT game against Temple.[1] In 2008, he increased the donations to 3000 tickets for students in all three NIT games played in Cassell Coliseum.[2][3][4]

During the 2006–07 season, Greenberg led the Hokies to signature victories against #5 Duke on the road and #1 North Carolina at home in an eight-day span. The victories landed the Hokies in the AP Top 25 for the first time in over a decade, and earned their first NCAA tournament appearance since the 1995-96 season. They received a #5 seed in the West bracket, but fell to Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the second round. Another highlight in Greenberg's career came on January 21, 2009 when the Hokies defeated #1 Wake Forest, 78–71. Wake Forest was the only remaining undefeated team in the nation at the time. On February 27, 2011 the Hokies defeated #1 Duke in Cassell Coliseum.

Greenberg's tenure as Virginia Tech's head coach ended in April 2012, when Athletic Director Jim Weaver fired him at a surprise news conference.[5] Greenberg was "completely blindsided and shocked" by Weaver's decision. [6] After Greenberg's firing, Montrezl Harrell, who had been committed to Virginia Tech for over a year, asked for his release from Virginia Tech. He was given it, and committed to Louisville less than a month later.

Prior to coming to Virginia Tech in 2003, Greenberg was the head coach at the University of South Florida, where he amassed a record of 108–100. Prior to that, he was the head coach at Long Beach State University for six seasons, leading the 49ers to a record of 105–70, 2nd behind legendary coach Jerry Tarkanian for the most wins in the program's history. While at Long Beach, Greenberg was a mentor of two successful future NBA players, Lucious Harris and Bryon Russell. In the 1992–93 season, Greenberg led the 49ers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in nearly 20 years. Earlier that season, the 49ers achieved what is arguably their greatest victory of all time, upsetting #1 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Greenberg served as the chairman of the organizing committee of, an online sports memorabilia auction site to benefit Habitat for Humanity and aide in their efforts in helping to rebuild the Gulf Coast. He appeared numerous times on television and radio to promote this cause.

Greenberg has also become involved with students at Virginia Tech including working with the Student Government Association in implementing the Cassell Guard program. He is known for writing letters to the editor in the Collegiate Times student newspaper to encourage students to support the team. He also serves as faculty advisor of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity chapter on campus.

Greenberg has also served as an analyst for College Sports Television's coverage of the NCAA Tournament. He is often a guest on national, regional and local sports talk shows, including ESPN Radio and the Jim Rome Show. His brother is the former basketball coach at Radford, Brad Greenberg.

Greenberg is Jewish, and recently volunteered to coach the USA Men's Basketball team at the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel in July, 2013.[7]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Long Beach State 49ers (Big West Conference) (1990–1996)
1990–91 Long Beach State 11–17 7–11 T–6th
1991–92 Long Beach State 18–12 11–7 4th NIT 1st Round
1992–93 Long Beach State 22–10 11–7 4th NCAA 1st Round
1993–94 Long Beach State 17–10 11–7 T–2nd
1994–95 Long Beach State 20–10 13–5 T–2nd NCAA 1st Round
1995–96 Long Beach State 17–11 12–6 1st
Long Beach State: 105–70 65–43
South Florida Bulls (Conference USA) (1996–2003)
1996–97 South Florida 8–19 2–12 4th (Red)
1997–98 South Florida 17–13 7–9 4th (National)
1998–99 South Florida 14–14 6–10 T–2nd (National)
1999–00 South Florida 17–14 8–8 T–1st (National) NIT 1st Round
2000–01 South Florida 18–13 9–7 3nd[clarification needed] (National)
2001–02 South Florida 19–13 8–8 3nd[clarification needed] (National) NIT 1st Round
2002–03 South Florida 15–14 7–9 4th (National)
South Florida: 108–100 47–63
Virginia Tech Hokies (Big East Conference) (2003–2004)
2003–04 Virginia Tech 15–14 7–9 T–8th
Virginia Tech Hokies (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2004–2012)
2004–05 Virginia Tech 16–14 8–8 T–4th NIT 2nd Round
2005–06 Virginia Tech 14–16 4–12 T–10th
2006–07 Virginia Tech 22–12 10–6 T–3rd NCAA 2nd Round
2007–08 Virginia Tech 21–14 9–7 4th NIT Quarterfinals
2008–09 Virginia Tech 19–15 7–9 T–7th NIT 2nd Round
2009–10 Virginia Tech 25–9 10–6 T–3rd NIT Quarterfinals
2010–11 Virginia Tech 22–12 9–7 T–4th NIT 2nd Round
2011–12 Virginia Tech 15–16 4–12 9th
Virginia Tech: 167–117 66–71
Total: 378–283

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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