June 12, 2009
Hokies add Courtney to basketball staff
Former UVA and VCU assistant joins men's basketball program

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech head basketball coach Seth Greenberg has announced the hiring of Bill Courtney as an assistant basketball coach for the Hokies.

Courtney arrives at Virginia Tech following two months on the staff at VCU. Prior to VCU, he had spent the previous three years as an assistant at the University of Virginia.

“We are very fortunate to have Bill Courtney joining our staff,” Greenberg said. “He is a seasoned veteran who understands recruiting at the very highest level. He assisted Jim Larranaga in building George Mason into an elite program in the CAA and everyone that I have spoken with has the highest regard for his ability to coach, teach and mentor. He will help us to continue to build the Virginia Tech brand in college basketball.”

Before arriving at Virginia, he was an assistant coach at Providence in the 2005-2006 season and spent eight years as the associate head coach at George Mason under Larranaga. He originally joined Larranaga in the 1996-1997 season as an assistant at Bowling Green. Courtney began his collegiate coaching career the previous season at American University.

“I am extremely excited for this opportunity to coach at Virginia Tech,” Courtney said. “Coach Greenberg and his staff have done an incredible job of building Virginia Tech into one of the premier programs in the ACC. I look forward to helping Coach Greenberg to continue to build the Hokies into one of the best teams in the country.”

Courtney played collegiately at Bucknell, where he was an All-Patriot League selection during his junior and senior seasons. He also served as team captain as a junior and senior. He was inducted into the Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame in October of 2007.

Courtney graduated from Bucknell in 1992 with a degree in education. He played professionally for the Philadelphia Spirit of the United States Basketball League and for the Milwaukee Bucks’ NBA Summer League team in 1992. He also played in Hong Kong for two seasons, earning the league’s Most Valuable Player honor and collecting the 1993 Asian All-Star game MVP award.

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