st. john’s Targeting Seth Greenberg to Fill Head Coaching Vacancy

The New York Post reported today that st. john’s red storm head coach Norm Roberts will be let go after six seasons and an 81-100 record. The red storm finished 17-15 this season, and while the 17 wins were the most under Roberts, it was not enough to keep his job.

st. john’s will look to hire a “proven winner” according to the Post and at the top of the list is Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg, who is a Long Island native and two-time ACC Coach of the Year.

Also on the red storm’s coaching wish list are hofstra’s Tom Pecora, siena’s Fran McCaffery, iona’s Kevin Willard and harvard’s Tommy Amaker.

Greenberg (343-262 overall, 130-92 at Tech) is a program builder and has turned a listless Virginia Tech program into a perennial overachiever in the ACC. In four of his six seasons in the ACC (his first season was in the Big East), the Hokies have earned a first-round bye in the ACC tournament. They have signature wins over No. 1 wake forest (2009) and unc (2007).

In his first season in the ACC, Greenberg led the Hokies to a 16-14 overall record, but more impressively, he led the team to an 8-8 conference record after being picked to finish dead last. For his efforts, Greenberg earned ACC Coach of the Year. Four years later, he earned the distinction again after a 21-14, 9-7 season.

Before the 2008-2009 season, Virginia Tech signed Greenberg to a contract extension that would keep him in Blacksburg as the Hokies’ coach through the 2013-14 season. Leaving Southwest Virginia would likely be a tough decision for the Greenberg as his three daughters have spent the last seven years in Blacksburg. Paige, 21, is a senior at Tech and Ella, 18, is a freshman cheerleader.  Plus, his brother Brad is just up the road at radford.

Not exactly the kind of news we like to report on the day of VT’s first ACC Tournament game, but this is a story we will have to monitor over the next few weeks as rumors persist.  And it is nice to have a coach that is in demand.

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6 Responses to “st. john’s Targeting Seth Greenberg to Fill Head Coaching Vacancy”

  1. Goodraisin says:

    This is a little scary with Seth being a native NYC guy and with the Big East being the best basketball conference the last several years. However, VT showed willingness to improve the program, highlighted by our kick A practice facility. And many people do feel that the ACC, with its history, is the ultimate conference to be in. St John’s feels like a lateral move at best and the talent from NYC doesn’t seem interested in becoming a Red Stormer, so you’d think Seth would have a tough time recruiter there (I can’t think of any of our former players recruited by Greenberg who were from NYC). I am keeping my fingers crossed, but my gut says he is staying at VT.

  2. JT says:

    Very tough decision indeed.

    While it seems like a lateral move (at best) right now, especially considering the potential the hokies have for next year, it’s gonna be tough for Greenie to turn down an offer from a program with the kind of potential SJU has.

  3. JB says:

    It is time for Seth to move on. He was a great table setter for the Men’s Basketball program, but he will not be the one to get us over the hump. He has put our program back on the map, but its time to bring in a good big game coach.

  4. Les says:

    His leaving would probably be a big setback while he’s working on the 2011 class which has 5 spots.

    Team is still short this year at backcourt. 2 quality guards is not enough. Even with Garland next year, they could still use a big guard who can play the point and go inside when the games are being officiated tougher. Delaney can still be handled by a big guard.

  5. dave says:

    it will depend on $’s

  6. chuck says:

    How does a Catholic School in Queens hold more potential than our cash palace in the mountains? Rubbish…

    Plus um, Greenberg is Jewish…slight disconnect there.

    He is about to reap some rewards next year with a senior laden cast, and a key transfer, and some more good FR coming in…

    Rutgers concerns me more.


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