State of the Program, Part One: The Seth Greenberg Era Thus Far

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Virginia Tech has now spent five seasons in the ACC, and head coach Seth
Greenberg has been in Blacksburg for a total of six years. It’s about time for a
State of the Program series that focuses on basketball. It’s no secret that
Virginia Tech basketball has improved tremendously since Greenberg’s arrival,
however, he still has his critics. In Part One of the series, we’ll take a look
at the Seth Greenberg Era at Virginia Tech.

The Hiring – Good or Bad?

Seth Greenberg was hired in April of 2003. The announcement brought a
collective shoulder shrug from Tech’s (then small) basketball fan base. Who was
this guy? He came to Virginia Tech from South Florida, where he had never made
the NCAA tournament. Before that, he was at Long Beach State, where he enjoyed a
lot of success. On paper, his numbers seemed average.

When Greenberg was hired by Virginia Tech, he had a career record of 213 wins
and 170 losses. In his previous stop at South Florida, he was just 108-100. As
pedestrian as that seems, it’s not much different than the career numbers of
some current and recent ACC coaches at the time of their hiring.

ACC
Coaches, When they were Hired
Coach Winning% Total
Seasons
NCAA
Tournaments

Paul Hewitt
70.90%
...