Men's Basketball

Bennie Seltzer

Position:
Assistant Coach

Seasons at MU:
First

Bennie Seltzer

The 2007-08 campaign will mark Bennie Seltzer's second with the Marquette University men's basketball program.

Seltzer spent the previous nine seasons as a member of Kelvin Sampson's staff at Oklahoma.

Joining the Sooners' staff on July 30, 1997, Seltzer was the longest tenured of the OU assistants and 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 time 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's relationship with Coach Sampson started in 1989 when he joined the Washington State basketball team as a freshman. Seltzer starred four years in Pullman, Wash., before spending the next four years playing professionally in Turkey, Venezuela, Poland and Holland.

Seltzer, 34, 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, 13, and Bennie III, 5.

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