Virginia Tech announced Monday that Coach Seth Greenberg has been named the head coach of the United States men’s basketball team that will compete at the Maccabiah Games in Israel in July 2013. Greenberg will also be in charge of assembling a a team for the two-week competition.
“This volunteer position is important to me because any time you can represent your country and your faith in the same event, it’s something very special,” Greenberg said in a statement. “Having participated previously as an assistant coach at the 13th Maccabiah Games in 1989, it was a life-altering experience. I look forward to representing the USA and bringing a great group of athletes with me to Israel to share that same experience.”
This summer will be the 19th edition of the Maccabiah Games, an Olympics-style sporting event featuring Jewish athletes from around the world. Greenberg was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 after being named ACC coach of the year twice during his nine-year tenure at Virginia Tech.
He plans to hold two tryouts in August — one in New Jersey and another in California. Details will be finalized in the next month.
“I want good, young people that are going to work hard, be good teammates, be trusting of each other and understand what a tremendous experience this will be for them,” Greenberg said. “I want them to be highly competitive, tough players with a high basketball I.Q. It is really important to me to have a team that is committed to playing winning basketball, committed to competing at the highest level and understand that it’s the good of the group and playing to win is the ultimate goal.”