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Texas State men’s basketball interim head coach Terrence Johnson added associate head coach Bennie Seltzer to his staff announced Tuesday.
“We are excited to have Bennie [Seltzer] join us,” said coach Johnson. “I have known him for over 20 years, and he is passionate and very experienced on the defensive side of the ball. His addition will keep us at the level we have been competing at in the last five years.”
Seltzer comes from the University of Evansville men’s basketball program where he was hired in August of 2019 and prior to that spent two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater – Washington State. The native of Birmingham, Ala. brings extensive experience to the Bobcats program.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to coach with a young coach like coach Johnson and his staff,” said coach Seltzer. “I have watched these guys over the years and know the type of team they have. It excites me to work with these group of kids and good basketball players.”
Prior to his time at WSU, Seltzer spent two seasons on the staff at Loyola with head coach Porter Moser. In 2016-17, the Ramblers defeated Washington State in the Paradise Jam.
Seltzer had two stints at Indiana University with Coach Tom Crean. He was an assistant coach with the Hoosiers from 2008 through 2012 before rejoining the IU staff as the Director of Player Performance in 2014. In his time in Bloomington, Seltzer helped the Hoosiers recruit some of the top talent in the country including Victor Oladipo and Christian Watford. The Hoosiers spent 10 weeks ranked atop the polls in 2012-13 and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
In 2012, Seltzer was named the head coach of Samford University in his hometown of Birmingham. In just two seasons, Seltzer recruited two Southern Conference Freshmen of the Year in Tim Williams and Isaiah Williams.
His coaching career began in 1997 as an assistant at the University of Oklahoma. He worked with the Sooners until 2006 when he joined Coach Crean’s staff at Marquette. He remained with the Golden Eagles until 2008 when he joined the Hoosiers.
As a player at Washington State, Seltzer made a lasting impact on the Cougar program. Playing from 1990 through 1993, Seltzer accumulated 473 assists, a total that continues to sit atop the program record book. At the time of his graduation, he ranked second with 1,423 points and third in career steals and minutes played. As a senior, he was named a First Team All-Pac 10 player while averaging 17.9 points per game. He was inducted into the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Hall of Honor in 2015.
Seltzer has a wife DicQues and two sons named Diamond and Bennie III.