Bennie Seltzer was introduced as the new men’s basketball head coach at Samford on Thursday morning.
“I would like to take this opportunity to first, thank God for such a tremendous opportunity to be the head basketball coach here at Samford University.,” Seltzer said at his introductory press conference.
Samford conducted a national search for a new head coach according to Athletic Director Martin Newton. Finding a man of character with an exciting style of basketball who could recruit local talent to Samford were all cited by Newton as important characteristics in a new coach.
“He wants the job, there’s no doubt about that. If you spend 15 seconds with Bennie Seltzer you realize he wants it,” Newton said.
Seltzer, a Birmingham native, played at Parker High School before becoming an all-conference performer at Washington State. He was an assistant coach at Indiana and Marquette under Tom Crean for the past six seasons.
“After six years of working with Coach Seltzer, I know he is an outstanding coach,” Indiana head coach Crean said in an interview with Samford Athletics.
Prior to joining Crean at Marquette Seltzer spent nine years as an assistant at the University of Oklahoma.
Seltzer promised to bring an exciting brand of basketball to Samford, emphasizing the importance of defense and scoring on fast break opportunities by creating turnovers.
“Along with the tenacious defense and unbelievable rebounding, we’re going to have an uptempo offense. We’re going to get up and down the floor a little bit,” he said.
Seltzer spent the remainder of his morning walking around campus and meeting students. He received a positive reception from the student body.
“It will be a very fun brand of basketball, one that all of you will be extremely proud to put on that t-shirt with the Samford logo on it. That, I do guarantee,” Seltzer said.
“There’s a new era of Samford basketball and it’s going to be fun. So I say, strap your boots on and let’s go have some fun.”