Greenberg named head coach for USA Maccabiah basketball squad

April 10, 2012

Seth Greenberg has been named the Head Coach for the USA Open Men's Basketball Team competing at the 19th World Maccabiah Games in Israel.

Greenberg has just completed his ninth season as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Virginia Tech where the Hokies have made five consecutive and six total post-season appearances during his tenure.

"We at Maccabi USA are very excited that Seth Greenberg has accepted this appointment as Head Coach for the Open Men’s Basketball Team," said Marc Rosenberg, Chairman, USA Open Men’s Basketball.

"As a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Coach of the year, he has the leadership and ability to lead Team USA to a Gold Medal at the 19th Maccabiah Games."

Greenberg has a career record of 383 – 293 in 22 seasons as a collegiate head coach and a 170 – 123 record in nine seasons at Virginia Tech. Since coming to Virginia Tech, Greenberg's Hokies have three wins over no. 1 ranked teams, including, most recently, a 64 – 60 victory over top-ranked Duke on February 26, 2011. He has also been named the ACC Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2008. Additionally, Greenberg was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

He has always been involved with charitable organisations and causes. When asked why he volunteered to be the Coach for Maccabi USA’s Open Men’s Basketball Team at the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel, Greenberg responded: "This volunteer position is important to me because anytime you can represent your country and your faith in the same event, it’s something very special.

"Having participated previously as an assistant coach at the 13th Maccabiah Games in 1989, it was a life-altering experience. I look forward to representing the USA and bringing a great group of athletes with me to Israel to share that same experience."

Greenberg will be using his vast network of contacts around the country to identify all the best, young, Jewish players and hopes to put together a Team that plays with great passion, a great energy and a sense of purpose as they represent the USA at the Maccabiah Games in July, 2013.

He will be planning two tryouts in August, one in New Jersey and one in California, and plans to have the details for the trials confirmed in the next month.

Last updated: 11:55am, April 10 2012