Virginia Tech is losing an assistant basketball coach for the fourth consecutive season with word Monday from sources that Rob Ehsan is headed to the staff of new UAB head coach Jerod Haase.
Ehsan spent just one season at Tech and is the fifth assistant to depart Seth Greenberg’s program in four years. He worked the previous six years for Gary Williams at Maryland and is known for international recruiting ties.
Ehsan’s connections led to the Hokies signing 6-foot-10 Joey van Zegeren of Holland. Van Zegeren redshirted this past season as a freshman.
Sources over the weekend said that Tech’s director of basketball operations, Jeff Wulbrun, also may be headed to UAB. Wulbrun was a Cal assistant when Haase played for the Golden Bears.
Losing an operations director to a full-time coaching position is common. But an ACC assistant departing for a similar position in Conference USA is unusual, though Ehsan may become Haase’s top aid.
But even if he does, the move from the ACC to a league that's losing Memphis, Houston, SMU and Central Florida to the Big East looks bad for Tech.
Ehsan replaced Adrian Autry on Greenberg’s staff last year. Autry was set to make an odd move from the ACC to the Atlantic 10 when he accepted a position at Dayton, but before that hire was official, he landed at his alma mater, Syracuse.
In 2010, Tech assistants Ryan Odom and Bill Courtney exited, Odom for an assistant’s gig at Charlotte, Courtney to become Cornell’s big whistle. Courtney had been on Greenberg’s staff one year, having replaced Stacey Palmore, who left for a similar position at Georgia.
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