Bennie Seltzer returns to IU as director of player performance

  • 01/12/2015 7:40 pm in

Former Indiana assistant coach Bennie Seltzer is back with the program.

Tom Crean announced on his radio show with Don Fischer on Monday night that Seltzer has been hired as the program’s director of player performance. The position is temporary and is not full-time, but Seltzer is expected to help out with IU’s strength and conditioning program as well assisting with players on and off the court.

“It’s like he never left,” Crean told Fischer. “He has a different role, but that role will be tremendously utilized.”

Seltzer left Indiana following the 2011-2012 season for the head coaching job at Samford, but was fired in June after just two seasons and a 24-41 record.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Seltzer was an assistant coach at Indiana during Crean’s first four seasons in Bloomington and also worked under Crean at Marquette. He was instrumental in Indiana’s recruitment of Christian Watford and several other players who helped lead the Hoosiers to the Sweet Sixteen in 2012.

Crean said Seltzer’s goal is to get back into coaching.

“We’ll keep Bennie busy. There will be great duties for him,” Crean said. “He wants to coach and he’s a great coach. A tremendous coach. But this gets him back in the environment.”

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  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    Welcome back Bennie!

  • ForeverIU

    I’m feeling the aura of champions folks!

  • Gregory Spera

    Is he going to be helping out on the recruiting trail?

  • ForeverIU

    I read that he is basically taking over Je’Ney’s responsibilities for the next four months and has a strong relationship with the Davis family and will be working closely with Devin.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Welcome back Coach Seltzer.

  • inLinE6

    I don’t think so. I believe only the coaches can go on recruiting trail. But he can step in if one of the coaches is absent.

  • inLinE6

    I guess he only belongs here.. Great to have him back. And this time is probably for good.

  • whomikewho

    Will this help with Bryant?

  • FinEndNow

    Gotta keep people away from the devils lettuce! But It is nice to get someone back from the only 2 good years of the past decade.

  • mdtreat

    Or Thon?!

  • SCHoosier

    TC is very loyal to his current and past coaches..not a bad thing. Coach B knows the program…and I’m sure will use this opportunity to work his way back into another D-1 opportunity over time. I would expect IU to have a full-time strength coach when the off season starts.

  • KmanCRK

    I wonder if Bennie remembers a strongly worded voicemail I left him 5-6 years ago. At the time our offense looked like crap, with no screens and no passing. I recall saying, “you are the all time assist leader at WSU, how can you let this happen?” haha.

    He seems to connect well with players. Glad to have him back.