Virginia Tech fired Hokies men's basketball coach Seth Greenberg Monday afternoon. Director of athletics Jim Weaver said he and associate director Tom Gabbard fired Greenberg Monday at 1:30 p.m. and then announced the decision at a 4 p.m. press conference.
Two of Greenberg's three assistant coaches left earlier this offseason. In the press conference, Weaver cited the lack of a staff as a chance to start over. He said the decision was made last week after it "hit him" that the basketball program didn't fit with the rest of Tech's teams.
Greenberg came to Virginia Tech before the 2003-04 season after coaching South Florida for seven seasons. He took over a Hokies program that had made just two postseason appearances in the prior 17 years and quickly brought it into the national spotlight — making it to either the NIT or NCAA tournaments six of seven years from 2005-11.
He was named ACC Coach of the Year in 2005, as well as 2008, but Greenberg’s career came to be known more for falling short of expectations, as the Hokies seemed to be on the precipice of making the NCAA Tournament every year, but failed to end seasons consistently.
The senior class that graduated in 2011 — comprised of Malcolm Delaney, Jeff Allen (and Dorenzo Hudson and J.T. Thompson who both stayed an extra year because of injury) — was the winningest class in the school’s history, but will forever be remembered as the class that made it to four straight NITs — never once to the big dance.
"It had nothing to do with losing," Weaver said during the press conference before adding it had more to do with the departure of the staff and a desire to change the direction of the program.
Weaver said he did not plan to extend Greenberg's contract when it ended, and decided to make a change. He said the search for a new coach would begin tomorrow.
The 2012 recruiting class that brought in Tech’s first-ever five-star recruit had the school excited for basketball yet again this season. It was Greenberg’s first season where he could use a new state-of-the-art practice facility to lure recruits and had come through with the No. 12 class in the nation.
But yet again, the product Greenberg put out on the floor couldn’t meet expectations. The Hokies finished with a losing record (16-17) for the first time since the 2005-06 season and started the conference schedule by losing six of their first seven. Tech finished the ACC schedule with a 4-12 record, although nine of those losses were by five points or fewer.