Friday, April 23, 2010

Newport News Daily Press Reports VaTech Assistant to Cornell

Hokies lose another basketball assistant

By David Teel
Newport News (Va) Daily Press
April 23, 2010

Virginia Tech basketball coach Seth Greenberg has lost the second of his three [assistants].

Bill Courtney, who spent only one season with the Hokies, has accepting the head-coaching position at Cornell. The Big Red this year became the first Ivy League team since 1979 to reach the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16, and coach Steve Donahue then departed for Boston College, where he replaces the fired Al Skinner.


Courtney's hiring was reported by the Cornell Daily Sun.

Courtney is the second Tech assistant to depart this month. Previously, Ryan Odom, the program's longest tenured aide at seven seasons, accepted a similar position at Charlotte under new head coach Alan Major.

While Odom's move to an Atlantic 10 program could be considered lateral, Courtney is certainly upgrading with his first big-whistle gig and with a program that's been to the last three NCAA tournaments.

Courtney interviewed for the head-coaching position last year at his alma mater, Bucknell, but was bypassed for Williams College's Dave Paulsen.

With two vacancies, Greenberg is almost sure to promote director of basketball operations Adrian Autry, a former all-Big East guard at Syracuse who is well connected in his native New York City, as well as Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C., where he worked as a high school assistant coach.

Where Greenberg turns for his other opening is less clear. He leans on his assistants more for recruiting than Xs and Os, and several accomplished recruiters are on the market, among them former head coaches Dennis Wolff (Boston University), Dino Gaudio (Wake Forest) and Ernie Nestor (George Mason, Elon).

Wolff at Virginia and Gaudio and Nestor at Wake have worked in the ACC as assistants.

Courtney also is a former Virginia assistant. He spent four seasons on former coach Dave Leitao's staff before joining the Hokies after Leitao's dismissal.

Courtney, 39, is credited with recruiting the nucleus of George Mason's 2006 Final Four team. In addition to Mason, he worked at American, Bowling Green and Providence.

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