Bennie Seltzer to return to basketball program


Bennie Seltzer represents the Cougars in a game against USC on Dec. 1, 1989.

JACOB MOORE, Former Evergreen sports editor

Bennie Seltzer, former WSU basketball guard from 1990 to 1993, returns to WSU as Ernie Kent’s assistant coach for the men’s basketball team. The addition brings more experience to a staff that has plenty under Head Coach Ernie Kent.

In his playing days, Seltzer set an all-time record for career assists at WSU (473), which still stands today. In the years following his graduation, Seltzer went on to begin his coaching career as an assistant at the University of Oklahoma in 1997.

Seltzer then brought his resume to Marquette and Indiana before landing a head coaching gig at Samford University in 2012. Before coming back to the Palouse, Seltzer was an assistant coach at Loyola University in Chicago.

Seltzer was ecstatic to be back home, according to a WSU Athletics news release.

“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.”

In a season after the Cougars lost twice as many conference games than they won, Seltzer was brought in to bolster the success of the program that he once had, Kent said through WSU Athletics.

“I’m very excited to announce Bennie Seltzer as our newest assistant coach at Washington State University,” Kent said. “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.”