Samford to hire Indiana assistant Bennie Seltzer

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Samford has confirmed reports that they intend to hire Indiana and Marquette assistant coach Bennie Seltzer to replace Jimmy Tillete, who was fired last month.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the future of Samford basketball,” said Samford Director of Athletics Martin Newton. “After an exhaustive national search, all roads led to Bennie Seltzer. His character, energy, enthusiasm and work ethic make him the perfect fit at this time for this University. He brings the total package with his ability to coach, recruit and develop players, not to mention his ties to the Birmingham community. This is truly a new day for Samford basketball.”

For the past six seasons, Seltzer has worked under Tom Crean, spending two years with him at Marquette before following him to Indiana. Prior to that, Seltzer had spent nine seasons on the staff at Oklahoma.

Seltzer is a native of Birmingham, AL, and played his college ball at Washington State.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.