Seth Greenberg came to Virginia Tech in 2003 from South Florida with very little fanfare. Greenberg, who spent seven seasons as the head basketball coach with the Bulls, had also coached Long Beach State for six seasons before his time at USF.
When Greenberg came to Blacksburg, the basketball program was in bad shape. The Ricky Stokes era produced one winning season — his first — followed by three straight losing seasons.
Greenberg’s first season in charge of the Hokies was their final season in the Big East. The Hokies joined the ACC in 2004, and Greenberg posted a winning season in 2004-05. Over the course of the next several years, Greenberg posted two 10-win ACC seasons, which led to him being a two-time ACC coach of the year.
Unfortunately, Greenberg’s tenure only led to one NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007, and he was eventually fired after going 4-12 in the ACC in 2011-12.
To say Greenberg’s departure from Virginia Tech was acrimonious would be an understatement.
Now, it appears that Greenberg’s relationship with Virginia Tech is in a much better place. After all, Greenberg was fired by former Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver. Whit Babcock is now the athletic director. It also helps that Greenberg is good friends with the current Hokie head coach, Mike Young.
Greenberg was back in Blacksburg this week as he spoke to the Virginia Tech’s men’s basketball team.
Greenberg, one of the top basketball analysts at ESPN, has praised the Hokies on the court in recent years. He was very complimentary of Virginia Tech when it hired Young as head coach.
While there is certainly nothing to Greenberg’s visit to practice, it was nice to see one of the more successful coaches in the program’s recent history be back on good terms with the school.
The Hokies are expected to field one of the best teams in the ACC this season, even if the ACC media thinks several other teams are better.