January 20, 1971 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2015–||Loyola (Chicago) (asst.)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Bennie Seltzer (January 20, 1971) is an American college basketball coach currently an assistant to Porter Moser with the Loyola Ramblers. Seltzer is the former head coach of the Samford Bulldogs, a position to which he was hired on April 5, 2012. Previously, he was hired in April 2008 by new Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean, who brought him and fellow assistant Tim Buckley over from his staff at Marquette. Following his dismissal from Samford, Seltzer was hired by Crean to be Indiana’s Director of Player Performance.
Seltzer was the former assistant coach at Oklahoma University from 1997 to 2006 under head coach Kelvin Sampson. Sampson also coached Seltzer during his playing days at Washington State. The Sooners went to the NCAA Tournament eight times in Seltzer's nine seasons on the staff. Seltzer then moved on to Marquette as an assistant under Tom Crean. Seltzer joined Crean and Buckley on the Indiana staff in April 2008, after Crean was hired to replace the fired Kelvin Sampson.
While his first 3 seasons in Bloomington were a major rebuilding project, the 2011-12 Hoosiers finished 5th in the Big Ten Conference and made a run to the Sweet Sixteen. On April 4, 2012, Seltzer was hired to replace Jimmy Tillette as the head men's basketball coach at Samford University. The move marked a return home for Seltzer, who is native to Birmingham.
In addition to his college coaching jobs, Seltzer was selected as one of four coaches for the USA Basketball national team trials in July 2004. He worked with players that were trying out for the final roster, a team that would go on to win the gold medal.
Seltzer had an outstanding playing career at Washington State. He earned Pac-10 All-Freshman honors in 1990, first-team All-Pac-10 as a senior in 1993 and still holds the All-Time record for career assists in the conference (473). He then went on to spend four seasons playing professionally in Turkey, Venezuela, Poland and the Netherlands.
Head coaching record
|Samford Bulldogs (Southern Conference) (2012–present)|
|Samford:||24–41 (.369)||15–19 (.441)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
Seltzer graduated from A.H. Parker High School (Birmingham, Alabama) in 1989 and went on to earn his B.A. in Sociology from Washington State University. He is married to DicQues and has two sons, Diamond and Bennie III.
- Scarbinsky, Kevin (April 4, 2012). "Samford hires Bennie Seltzer as men's basketball coach". The Birmingham News. AL.com. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- Bozich, Alex (January 12, 2015). "Bennie Seltzer returns to IU as director of player performance". Inside The Hall. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
- Samford To Name Bennie Seltzer As Head Men's Basketball Coach Thursday - Samford University Official Athletic Site