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Seth Greenberg joins Team ESPN

Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg reacts in the

Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg reacts in the second half of the consolation game against Oklahoma State during the NIT Season Tip-Off college basketball tournament at New York's Madison Square Garden. (Nov. 25, 2011) Credit: AP

For the first time since he started coaching at Columbia in 1978, Seth Greenberg is a man without a team.

“It’s going to be an adjustment, no doubt about it,’’ said Greenberg, whom Virginia Tech fired as its coach in April. “For 35 years I’ve had a team. For my oldest daughter, she’s always had a team. For 28 years, my wife had a team. It’s a transition period, for sure.’’

But as much as Greenberg, 56, enjoyed coaching, he knows there are benefits to being a studio analyst for ESPN rather than on a basketball bench.

“At the end of the night I have no home visits, and at the end of the night I don’t have to concern myself with a win or a loss,’’ he said.

Greenberg has not lived on Long Island since leaving Plainview for Fairleigh Dickinson, where he was a broadcast journalism major, but he still has the accent and outgoing personality to match his roots.

He seems to be a TV natural, and has demonstrated his commitment to the new job by moving to Avon, Conn., to be near ESPN’s Bristol headquarters.

“I’m really trying to immerse myself in the culture they’ve created there,’’ he said. “I’m both feet in.’’

But it remains to be seen whether he can stay away from the rush of coaching. Greenberg is keeping his hand in it with a camp for local children.

First, though, “I have to learn this business. It’s one thing being glib, it’s one thing knowing how to respond, but it’s also hard work. And I don’t want to just do this, I want to be good at it . . . I’ve been under that [coaching] microscope for 35 years. I’m going to have some fun with this.’’


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