Virginia Tech basketball coach visits local Hokies

Published 8:09 am Friday, April 30, 2010

FRANKLIN — Virginia Tech Head Basketball Coach Seth Greenberg and two of his cohorts thanked Franklin for its support during the local Hokie Club’s annual fundraiser Wednesday.

“It’s a win-win for both sides,” said Terry Bolt, director of Development for Special Gifts and Athletic Annual Fund for Virginia Tech. “We can’t make it without you.”

Jon Jaudon, associate athletic director for administration, agreed.

“Even though there is a (economic) crisis, you help (us),” Jaudon told more than 50 attending the event at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Workforce Development Center.

Roughly $1,500 was raised for Virginia Tech athletics, according to club member Jim Davis. By next week, Davis expects to have a better idea on the total raised.

Among items sold at the auction were an autographed Virginia Tech basketball for $250.

The fundraiser dates back to 1978.

As more fundraising events took place, more members joined, including 1952 Virginia Tech graduate Sonny Draper. Draper said his love for his former university has influenced his wife, Pat, who is also becoming a fan and a loyal supporter of the Hokie Club.

A good number of people attended Wednesday’s event. Greenburg’s attendance could be the reason, said local Hokie Club members Jeff Saunders and Ken Knight.

Greenberg said he is proud of his team, especially with its growth, leadership and trust.

“To me as a coach that is what it’s about — we have to believe in our absolutes. We have to believe we win,” he said.

To sum up the mood at the fundraiser, Saunders said, “Food, sports, beer. It ain’t gettin’ any better.”