The Washington Post

Virginia Tech’s Seth Greenberg named team USA coach for Maccabiah Games

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.”

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.


Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
What can babies teach students?
Unconventional warfare with a side of ale
A veteran finds healing on a dog sled
Play Videos
A fighter pilot helmet with 360 degrees of sky
Is fencing the answer to brain health?
Scenes from Brazil's Carajás Railway
Play Videos
How a hacker group came to Washington
The woman behind the Nats’ presidents ‘Star Wars’ makeover
How hackers can control your car from miles away
Play Videos
Philadelphia's real signature sandwich
Full disclosure: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 ghoul
Europe's migrant crisis, explained