Crean Adds Buckley, Seltzer To Men's Basketball Staff
April 17, 2008
Bloomington, Indiana - Indiana University men's basketball coach Tom Crean has announced the hiring of Tim Buckley and Bennie Seltzer as assistant coaches for the Hoosiers effective immediately. Both were on Crean's staff at Marquette.
"I believed that I had one of the best coaching staff's in the country at Marquette and I'm honored to have Tim and Bennie as part of the Hoosier basketball family," said Crean. "These gentlemen are two of the hardest working and most loyal individuals I have known and their insight, abilities and experiences will be a great asset for our student-athletes."
Buckley, who was the head coach at Ball State from 2000-2006, returns to the Hoosier state after helping Marquette to a second round NCAA Tournament appearance last season. It was the second time that Buckley had been on Crean's staff at Marquette. This also will be the third Big Ten school that he has worked at in his 20-plus year career, which has included stops at Iowa and Wisconsin.
"My family and I are very excited to return to the state of Indiana," said Buckley. "Indiana University offers one of the most tradition rich basketball experiences you can imagine and I am thrilled to be a part of Coach Crean's staff and look forward to adding to the great history that exists at IU."
The Aurora, Illinois native was the top assistant on Crean's first ever Marquette squad in 1999-2000 when the Golden Eagles posted a 15-14 record that year and were selected to play in the National Invitation Tournament. He returned to Marquette after spending the 2006-07 season as an assistant coach under Steve Alford at Iowa. He helped guide the Hawkeyes to a 17-14 overall record.
Buckley spent six seasons as the head coach at Ball State, where he compiled an overall record of 143-139. The squad posted an 18-12 record in his debut season and captured 23 victories in year two. The Cardinals claimed the Mid-American Conference West Division title in 2001-02 and went on to participate in the NIT. The season was also highlighted by wins over No. 3 Kansas and No. 4 UCLA at the Maui Invitational.
Before his first stop at Marquette, Buckley spent five seasons at BSU before returning as program mentor. The Cardinals posted an overall record of 88-55 during his tenure as an assistant, competing in the 1995 NCAA Tournament and 1998 NIT. BSU won the MAC Tournament in 1994-95 and earned a share of the league title in 1997-98.
His first experience in the Big Ten came at Wisconsin in 1993-94. The Badgers earned their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1947 that season, advancing to the second round and posting an overall record of 18-11.
He began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Bemidji State from 1986-88 and moved to Rockford College as an assistant in 1988-89. He was tabbed head coach at Rockford in 1989 and reached 50 victories there faster than any coach in the school's history.
He was the youngest coach in the nation during his debut campaign at Rockford and guided the squad to a 16-9 record, the first winning season for the school in seven years.
Buckley has served on the Executive Committee for the Mid-American Conference, a regional committee for the NCAA and the Division III NCAA Tournament Committee. He served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Delaware County while living in Muncie, Ind.
Buckley earned his bachelor's degree in communications in 1986 from Bemidji State and completed his master's work in administration of physical education at the University in 1988.
He played two seasons of basketball at Waubonsee (IL) Community College before completing his career at Bemidji State.
Buckley and his wife, Shannon, have a daughter, Meredith (12).
"Indiana is one of the most storied programs in the country and our family is energized by this new chapter in our lives," added Seltzer. "I'm excited to be a part of the path that Coach Crean is setting for the future at Indiana and look forward to this opportunity."
Prior to joining Marquette, he was an assistant coach at Oklahoma where his duties included day-to-day operations in the areas of conditioning, scouting, practice, game preparation and film exchange. He tutored Sooner backcourt players and was heavily involved in the program's summer basketball camps.
During his nine year tenure in Norman, the Sooners averaged 25 wins per season and earned NCAA Tournament berths eight times, reaching the Sweet 16 in 1999, the Final Four in 2002 and the Elite Eight in 2003.
Seltzer, who flourishes in the role of player development, was selected as one of four court coaches for USA Basketball national team trials in July 2004. In that role he was responsible for conducting drills, coaching scrimmages and working with players in East Rutherford, N.J., who vied for spots on the 2004 USA World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Team. The eventual 12-man team later won the gold medal by going 5-0 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Seltzer played four seasons at Washington State spending the next four years playing professionally in Turkey, Venezuela, Poland and Holland.
Seltzer, 37, is the all-time assists leader at Washington State (473) and also ranks second in 3-pointers made (230), sixth in steals (147), sixth in points (1,423) and sixth in minutes played (3,227).
A first-team All-Pac-10 Conference selection his senior season when he averaged 17.9 points and 4.7 assists, Seltzer left as the league's career record holder for 3-point baskets. He was also a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 1989-90 when he averaged 11.7 points, 4.1 assists and 1.4 steals.
The Birmingham, Ala., native holds a sociology degree from Washington State.
Seltzer and his wife, DicQues, have two sons, Diamond, 14, and Bennie III, 6.
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