Maccabi Haifa announced the signing of Brad Greenberg as its new coach on
Monday, hailing the 58-year-old as the first-ever head coach in Israel to have
served as an NBA assistant coach, NBA general manager, and an NCAA Division I
However, Haifa’s press release failed to mention that
Greenberg was handed a five-year, show-cause sanction by the NCAA in February
and banned from doing any recruiting during that period.
effectively preclude Greenberg, who quit his job at Radford University at the
end of the 2010/11 season amid the investigation, from working as a college
coach during the next five years.
The case initially focused on
recruiting inducements and extra benefits. but it was the Greenbergled effort to
mislead investigators that exacerbated the seriousness of the
The hiring of Greenberg is the first big move made by Haifa’s
new basketball consultant Bernie Fine.
Fine, 66, was fired from Syracuse
University last November after 36 straight seasons as assistant coach amid
allegations that he sexually molested two former ball boys.
been charged and has denied wrongdoing.
Nevertheless, owner Jeffrey
Rosen’s decision to hire two disgraced figures to the most important positions
at the club is baffling to say the least.
But Rosen sees things
“The hiring of Brad Greenberg as the Maccabi Bazan Haifa
head coach is historic as there has never been a coach in Israel with Brad’s
professional coaching and management experience,” the American businessman said
in a statement.
“We believe Brad’s leadership qualities and knowledge of
the game makes him the right man for the job to help restore Haifa’s winning
Greenberg’s most recent job saw him serve as head coach in
Venezuela’s top division for the Bucaneros De La Guaira. He is also the
assistant coach of the Venezuelan national team.
Prior to his four
seasons at Radford, Greenberg worked with his brother Seth Greenberg at Virginia
Tech from 2003-07, and previously as director of basketball operations at the
University of South Florida from 2001-2003.
Greenberg also served as an
assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers for two seasons and the New York
Knicks for one season in the 1980’s and in 1996 became the General Manager and
Vice President for Basketball Operations for the Philadelphia 76ers, drafting
Allen Iverson as the number one pick in the 1996 NBA draft.
thrilled and honored to become the head coach of Maccabi Bazan Haifa,” said
Greenberg, who signed a two-year contract.
“It has been a dream of mine
to coach professionally in Israel and I would like to thank Jeff Rosen for
appointing me as head coach.
“I have been following Maccabi Bazan Haifa
since Jeff Rosen bought the team and I am looking forward to coaching a winning
team in Haifa this upcoming season.”
Greenberg will have his work cut out
for him, with Haifa ending last season bottom of the BSL standings with a 5-19
record, avoiding relegation only due to the fact that no team was demoted.