BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Samford announced the departure of head basketball coach Bernie Seltzer on Friday and promoted former Kentucky and NBA player Scott Padgett to replace him.
Seltzer was 24-41 and had 14 players transfer from the program during his two seasons. Samford didn’t say whether he was fired or resigned.
Padgett had been a Samford assistant since 2012 after stints with Manhattan College and the Wildcats. The 37-year-old Padgett was a first-round NBA draft pick by the Utah Jazz in 1999, 28th overall. He played eight seasons with four teams.
The two-time All-Southeastern Conference forward helped the Wildcats win the 1998 national championship.
Padgett promised a pressing style of play similar to the systems he played in under Rick Pitino and Tubby Smith at Kentucky.
The 38-year-old also served as an assistant at Kentucky during the 2009-10 season before a two-year stint at Manhattan under former Wildcats teammate Steve Masiello.
“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to be the head coach at Samford University and to coach these outstanding young men,” said Padgett. “This program is going to be all about our players; former, current and future. It’s going to be about promoting the mission of this great university and helping these young men in their academic, athletic and spiritual growth.”
A 6-foot-9 forward, Padgett scored 1,252 points during his tenure at Kentucky and was named to the All-Final Four team at the 1998 NCAA Tournament. Following graduation, the Louisville native was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 28th overall pick of the 1999 NBA Draft.