Virginia Tech Fires Head Men's Basketball Coach Seth Greenberg

Justin CatesCorrespondent IApril 23, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 09:  Head coach Seth Greenberg of the Virginia Tech Hokies reacts as he coaches against the Duke Blue Devils in their Quarterfinal game of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Conferene Tournament at Philips Arena on March 9, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver announced today that the school has terminated the contract of men's basketball coach Seth Greenberg

Greenberg's firing was originally reported by the Daily Press of Newport News, Va.

Weaver said that he and associate athletic director Tom Gabbard decided the program needed to go in another direction. 

Greenberg compiled a 170-123 record during his time in Blacksburg, becoming the second-winningest coach in school history. 

However, the Hokies made just one NCAA tournament appearance during his nine seasons at the helm, and Greenberg's assistant-coaching staff dealt with constant turnover. 

At the time of his firing, Tech had two full-time assistant positions available.

When asked of Greenberg's reaction, Weaver was surprisingly candid, stating, "I really don’t want to get into that, but I would say it’s very safe to say he was shocked."