BENNIE SELTZER (USATodaySports/Lovell)

It's official: WSU's Ernie Kent has hired Bennie Seltzer, known as strong recruiter and talent developer, to complete his coaching staff

ERNIE KENT’s remaking of his Washington State coaching staff is now complete with the official announcement that he's bringing on Bennie Seltzer, the hugely popular former Cougar point guard of the early 1990s who has built an enviable coaching resume at Indiana, Marquette, Oklahoma and elsewhere.

As CF.C reported earlier this week, Seltzer was the leading candidate to complete Kent’s coaching staff.  Seltzer joins a WSU staff that includes long-time assistant Curtis Allen and recently hired Seattle high school coaching legend Ed Haskins.

“I’m very excited to announce Bennie Seltzer as our newest assistant coach at Washington State University,” Kent said in the release. "Bennie was an outstanding player at Washington State and I think he’ll add a lot to our staff and to our basketball program. Anytime you can bring back a successful product of your university, it speaks volumes of how we prepare our student-athletes for success.”

Seltzer called coming back to WSU "a dream."

“My family and I are extremely excited to be a part of the Cougar Basketball program once again,” Seltzer said. “It has always been my dream to coach at my alma mater. Having the opportunity to do just that under the leadership of Ernie Kent excites me even more. We are truly grateful and want to thank Coach Kent, his staff, Bill Moos and the entire Cougar Basketball family for this amazing opportunity. Go Cougs!"

CF.C asked legendary Washington State PA man and Pullman mayor Glenn Johnson for his reaction to the hire.

Seltzer is known for both his recruiting and player development. He has experience in every aspect of the college game as an assistant coach, director of player performance, and head coach (at Samford University in his hometown of Birmingham, Ala.) At Indiana, Seltzer was instrumental in recruiting players such as Victor Oladipo and Christian Watford who would propel the 2012-13 Hoosiers to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Still the all-time leader in assists at WSU (473), Seltzer spent nine seasons at Oklahoma from 1997-2006 as an assistant to Kelvin Sampson. The Sooners averaged 25 wins per season during Seltzer's stay in Norman and made eight NCAA Tourney appearances, including a Final Four run.

Before that, Seltzer spent six seasons with Tom Crean — two at Marquette and four at Indiana, plus half of another as director of player performance.

He was the head coach at Samford for two seasons (2012-14) and in each year, one of his players was named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year honors. Seltzer has spent the last three seasons at Loyola Chicago with head coach Porter Moser. The Ramblers beat WSU this past season.

Seltzer, 46, starred for the Cougars from 1989-93 at guard, a critical component in Sampson’s resurrection of the program. In addition to being WSU’s all-time leader in assists, Selzter ranks in the career top 10 in scoring, steals and three-pointers made. He played four seasons of professional basketball in Europe after his WSU days. Seltzer was inducted into the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Hall of Honor in 2015.


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