File this under “stuff we already knew”

Indiana finally makes it “official” (as if having them move into the basketball office and recruiting players didn’t quite accomplish that) and announces the hiring of Tim Buckley and Bennie Seltzer as men’s basketball assistant coaches.

Here’s the press release.

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Bloomington, Indiana — Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has
announced the hiring of Tim Buckley and Bennie Seltzer as assistant coaches
for the Hoosiers effective immediately. Both were on Crean’s staff at
Marquette.

“I believed that I had one of the best coaching staff’s in the country at
Marquette and I’m honored to have Tim and Bennie as part of the Hoosier
basketball family,” said Crean. “These gentlemen are two of the hardest
working and most loyal individuals I have known and their insight, abilities
and experiences will be a great asset for our student-athletes.”

TIM BUCKLEY

Buckley, who was the head coach at Ball State from 2000-2006, returns to the
Hoosier state after helping Marquette to a second round NCAA Tournament
appearance last season. It was the second time that Buckley had been on
Crean’s staff at Marquette. This also will be the third Big Ten school that
he has worked at in his 20-plus year career, which has included stops at
Iowa and Wisconsin.

“My family and I are very excited to return to the state of Indiana,” said
Buckley. “Indiana University offers one of the most tradition rich
basketball experiences you can imagine and I am thrilled to be a part of
Coach Crean’s staff and look forward to adding to the great history that
exists at IU.”

The Aurora, Illinois native was the top assistant on Crean’s first ever
Marquette squad in 1999-2000 when the Golden Eagles posted a 15-14 record
that year and were selected to play in the National Invitation Tournament.
He returned to Marquette after spending the 2006-07 season as an assistant
coach under Steve Alford at Iowa. He helped guide the Hawkeyes to a 17-14
overall record.

Buckley spent six seasons as the head coach at Ball State, where he compiled
an overall record of 143-139. The squad posted an 18-12 record in his debut
season and captured 23 victories in year two. The Cardinals claimed the
Mid-American Conference West Division title in 2001-02 and went on to
participate in the NIT. The season was also highlighted by wins over No. 3
Kansas and No. 4 UCLA at the Maui Invitational.

Before his first stop at Marquette, Buckley spent five seasons at BSU before
returning as program mentor. The Cardinals posted an overall record of 88-55
during his tenure as an assistant, competing in the 1995 NCAA Tournament and
1998 NIT. BSU won the MAC Tournament in 1994-95 and earned a share of the
league title in 1997-98.

His first experience in the Big Ten came at Wisconsin in 1993-94. The
Badgers earned their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1947 that season,
advancing to the second round and posting an overall record of 18-11.

He began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Bemidji State
from 1986-88 and moved to Rockford College as an assistant in 1988-89. He
was tabbed head coach at Rockford in 1989 and reached 50 victories there
faster than any coach in the school’s history.

He was the youngest coach in the nation during his debut campaign at
Rockford and guided the squad to a 16-9 record, the first winning season for
the school in seven years.

Buckley has served on the Executive Committee for the Mid-American
Conference, a regional committee for the NCAA and the Division III NCAA
Tournament Committee. He served on the Board of Directors for Big
Brothers/Big Sisters of Delaware County while living in Muncie, Ind.

Buckley earned his bachelor’s degree in communications in 1986 from Bemidji
State and completed his master’s work in administration of physical
education at the University in 1988.

He played two seasons of basketball at Waubonsee (IL) Community College
before completing his career at Bemidji State.

Buckley and his wife, Shannon, have a daughter, Meredith (12).

BENNIE SELTZER

Seltzer comes to Indiana after spending the last two years at Marquette
where he saw the Golden Eagles earn back-to-back trips to the NCAA
Tournament. During his tenure in Milwaukee, the Golden Eagles saw Dominic
James earn All-American honors and James, Jerel McNeal and Lazar Haywood
earned All-Big East honors. In addition, Marquette was nationally ranked
this past year for most of the season.

“Indiana is one of the most storied programs in the country and our family
is energized by this new chapter in our lives,” added Seltzer. “I’m excited
to be a part of the path that Coach Crean is setting for the future at
Indiana and look forward to this opportunity.”

Prior to joining Marquette, he was an assistant coach at Oklahoma where 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 nine year tenure 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 played four seasons at Washington State spending the next four years
playing professionally in Turkey, Venezuela, Poland and Holland.

Seltzer, 37, 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, 14, and Bennie III,
6.

3 comments

  1. Welcome gentlemen. Congrats to you and your family. You will love Bloomington not just for the basketball but for the people.

  2. Well, MOST of the people. I get the feeling that the Alfordians are already poring over Crean & Co. game films like Peyton Manning after a playoff loss to find something wrong with them.

  3. As an assistant I’d take just about any former player that played for coach Knight. Michael Lewis has always been a favorite of mine. Calbert Cheaney would be a good coach. Alan Henderson may want to do some coaching. I still believe Dane Fife will some day be on the IU bench. Keith Smart would be a good college coach.

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