Samford to announce new head basketball coach

Updated 10:45 p.m. — Samford names Indiana assistant coach Bennie Seltzer as the head coach for men’s basketball.

Reports moved in Indianapolis and Birmingham today, but late this evening Samford confirmed the identity of the coach.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the future of Samford basketball. After an exhaustive national search, all roads led to Bennie Seltzer,” said Morgan Newton, Samford’s athletics director.

Seltzer attended Parker High School here in Birmingham, played college ball at Washington State and then spent four seasons as a professional in Europe and South America.

He has coached as an assistant at Oklahoma (1997-2006), Marquette (2006-2008) and Indiana (2008-2012) over the last 15 seasons, reaching the NCAA tournament with 11 of those teams.

“Believe me, Bennie Seltzer has seen it all and there is no task at Samford University that will not be ready to attack with integrity, energy, and unyielding attitude for success,” said his previous boss, Indiana head coach Tom Crean.

Original 8:10 p.m. — Harry (Buck) Brock III, Samford’s vice president for business and financial affairs, circulated an email this evening that might be of interest to Bulldog sports fans. Part of Brock’s message to university employees:

There will be a press conference tomorrow morning (Thursday, April 5) to announce our new head men’s basketball coach.  The press conference will be held in the Howard Room in the University Center at 9:30 a.m followed at around 10 a.m. by a meet and greet in Ben Brown Plaza to meet our new coach and his family. This is an exciting time for our men’s basketball program and I invite you to join others in Ben Brown Plaza to meet and welcome our new coach and his family.

In his email Brock pointedly choose to neither confirm or deny multiple reports that Birmingham native and Indiana assistant Bennie Seltzer was Samford’s choice.

Former head coach Jimmy Tillette was fired last month.

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