By David Grimes Monday, April 23 2012 00:00
“We needed to go in another direction, so we have terminated coach Greenberg’s contract effective immediately,” said Weaver.
According to Weaver, the decision to fire Greenberg was made last week by himself and Tom Gabbard, Associate Director of Athletics
Weaver, who called the press conference around 12 noon on Monday, said, “Myself and Mr. Gabbard informed Greenberg of their decision at 1:30 p.m. this afternoon.”
When asked how Greenberg reacted, Weaver added, “It’s safe to say he was shocked.”
Weaver who had said several timers earlier that Greenberg was not in the “hot seat” stated, “I did not like how things was unfolding with the assistant coaches leaving here in the few weeks.”
During the last few weeks, three assistant coaches under Greenberg have left the program for other schools.
Greenberg, who was hired in 2003, compiled a 170-123 record as the Hokies boss. Prior to coming to Tech, he was the head coach at the University of South Florida (108-100) from 1996-2003, and at Long Beach State (105-70) from 1990 to 1996.
While at Tech, Greenberg had guided the Hokies to one NCAA appearance (2007) and five NIT appearances (2005, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011). The Hokies, who finished this season with a 16-17 mark, failed to make it into postseason action.
Greenberg, who just turned 56 last week, was also named twice the ACC Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2005, which was the first year that the Hokies had joined the ACC.
Weaver said a search for a new coach is underway.
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