Seth Greenberg: Virginia Tech Q&A

November 4th, 2008

College Basketball's Best Coaches is lucky to have access to some of the best coaches in college basketball. As part of our preseason interview series, we thought it would be appropriate to ask these basketball minds about the best things that their team and college basketball has to offer.


Seth Greenberg: Virginia Tech

We continue our month long Q&A Series with Hokies coach Seth Greenberg, two-time ACC Coach of the Year award winner. Coach Greenberg was kind enough to answer questions for as he gears up for the new season:

 Who is the biggest leader on this year's squad?


Seth Greenberg) Malcolm Delaney has emerged as an outstanding young leader. His ability to hold others accountable is unique for such a young player. He has a tremendous work ethic, he has the respect of his teammates and has a toughness about him. I would say that, although he is only a sophomore, he has the potential to be a really effective leader.



CHN) What will be the strengths of this year's team?


SG) I think we have three players who have the ability to put up big numbers on any given night (Malcolm Delaney, A.D. Vassallo and Jeff Allen). That, complimented with our big, rangy wing players, Terrell Bell and Dorenzo Hudson, gives us a number of different options on the perimeter.



CHN) Any potential weak spots?


SG) Our depth up front and our ability to find somebody to compliment Jeff Allen in the front court, as well as finding one, lock-down defender is a concern. We had the luxury over the past four years to have Deron Washington, who could legitimately guard a point guard to a power forward.




CHN) Tie score, with just a few seconds left … who will be your go-to guy in those situations?


SG)  We’ll find out. Hopefully we will have more than one go-to guy. If you only have one go-to guy, you find yourself becoming easier to defend. If you have a number of different guys you can go to, then you will find a way to score at the end of most games. A lot of that depends on match-ups.



CHN) What's been the major change you've made in your coaching style in recent seasons?


SG) I haven’t made much of a change. I think this league really forces you to stay in the present and not get to ahead of yourself and not get too caught up in adversity. You have to play your game and learn from it and move on. If you stay too much in the past, this league will suffocate you. We are who we are. We have a playing style that fits my personality and we recruit to that still. I am very comfortable in that.


CHN) If everything goes according to plan, what's the best case scenario this season?


SG) If you’re in this league, then you are planning on playing in the NCAA Tournament. And if you are playing in the NCAA Tournament, you’re playing to have a chance to compete and play in the Final Four and our goal is no different than anyone else in our conference. To make the tournament, advance in the tournament and play for a national championship. 08-09 Preview: InterviewsComplete Top 144 Ranking08-09 Preview HomepageDiscuss the Preview