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Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 05/21/2011

Former Maryland assistant Rob Ehsan will join Virginia Tech staff

Former Maryland assistant Rob Ehsan will replace Adrian Autry as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Virginia Tech, Coach Seth Greenberg confirmed Saturday.

Ehsan, 29, played guard at UC-Davis between 2001 and 2005 and worked under former Maryland coach Gary Williams the previous six seasons. He spent the past three years as a full-time assistant coach, but Mark Turgeon, Maryland’s new coach, announced this week that Ehsan would not be retained for the upcoming season.

Greenberg said Ehsan wouldn’t officially join his staff in Blacksburg until Wednesday because of a clause in his current contract at Maryland. A source with direct knowledge of the situation said Ehsan is due a bonus from Maryland once a new set of academic progress rate scores are released Tuesday.

Ehsan did not immediately return a message seeking comment on the situation.

During his time at Maryland, Ehsan was known for his player development skills, most notably when the Terrapins won the 2010 ACC regular season title. When Williams announced his retirement this month, Ehsan was named interim head coach and former Maryland star Greivis Vasquez lobbied via Twitter for Ehsan to be considered for the permanent head coaching position.

Ehsan also developed a reputation as a solid recruiter around the Washington area and was the primary reason Montrose Christian standout Justin Anderson committed to Maryland in March.

But Anderson, a 2012 recruit who is currently rated as the No. 23 player in the country by Rivals.com, reopened his recruitment after Williams retired and is now considering Virginia Tech as a potential landing spot because of Ehsan’s presence in Blacksburg.

Ehsan’s hiring was necessary after Autry left Virginia Tech last month for a similar position at Syracuse, his alma mater. Greenberg still must find a new director of basketball operations after Dennis Wolff was hired as Virginia Tech’s women’s basketball coach in March.

By Mark Giannotto  |  05:54 PM ET, 05/21/2011

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