At a 4pm press conference, Jim Weaver announced that Seth Greenberg has been fired as men’s basketball coach at Virginia Tech.
Greenberg, who just completed his ninth season at Tech, had a 170-123 record at Virginia Tech, and a 383-293 record in 22 seasons as a college head coach. He was coming off a 15-16 record which saw the Hokies go just 4-12 in ACC play.
“I am here to tell you that (Associate AD) Tom Gabbard and I decided last week that we needed to go in another direction in our men’s basketball program,” Jim Weaver said. “We have terminated Seth Greenberg’s tenure as our basketball coach. We appreciate the effort he gave to our university for the last nine years.”
Since the end of the season, Greenberg has lost assistant coaches Rob Ehsan (UAB) and James Johnson (Clemson). Reports also surfaced today that Tech’s final remaining assistant, John Richardson, was leaving for a job at ODU. Richardson came to Tech from ODU before the 2010-11 season. That rumor is unconfirmed, though Weaver mentioned three vacancies on the staff at one point during the interview. He could also have been referring to the open Director of Basketball Operations position.
“Because we have three vacancies now on our staff,” Weaver said, “it made all the sense in the world to make the change now and hire a new staff that is going to be here.”
Weaver went on to emphasize that he didn’t like the coaching turnover that was becoming common in the program.
“I didn’t like the way things were unfolding with assistants leaving an ACC program.”
What kind of coach will Virginia Tech pursue?
“We’re going to try and find the very best person we can,” Weaver said. “I’m not going to rule out the possibility of an assistant coach. I’m not going to rule out the possibility of a young, inexperienced head coach, nor am I going to rule out the possibility of someone with a good deal of head coaching experience.”
Weaver indicated that the hire will be handled within the athletics department, and that no outside firm will be used to help find a candidate.
We’ll have much more on this developing story soon.