MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – (April 8, 2021) — It was announced on the Final Fourcast social media accounts that the 2021 Best Virginia coaching staff will consist of James Long as the head coach, with Dave Tallman and Da’Sean Butler serving as assistants.
Long is the current head coach at West Virginia Tech. In the 2020-21 season, Long coached WVU Tech to the River States Conference Championship, sending the Golden Bears to the NAIA National Championship. As a player, Long walked-on from 2013-15, 2016-17, under legendary coach Bob Huggins.
“I am beyond excited to be a part of Best Virginia,” Long said. “The experience in Richmond was something that brought a lot of excitement to Mountaineer Nation. We have all the pieces to compete for the TBT. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this team.”
Tallman is one of the two assistant coaches on the Best Virginia staff for the 2021 TBT. Tallman is the current varsity head coach at Morgantown High School. Tallman has served as the head coach of Morgantown High School’s varsity basketball team since 2014. Prior to coaching at MHS, Tallman was the head coach at St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown, Maryland, where he served from 2007-14. Tallman was also the Director of Athletics at SMRHS.
Butler is one of the two assistant coaches on the Best Virginia staff for the 2021 TBT. Butler participated as a player in 2019 for the team in TBT. Butler was inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame in 2020, after becoming the winningest player in West Virginia men’s basketball history with 107 wins over his four seasons at WVU (2006-10). Following his playing career, Butler made the transition to a coaching career, as the WVU legend was hired by Wheeling University as an assistant coach in Feb. 2021.
Best Virginia opted out of the tournament last year, but is looking to return to the court for the first time since 2019.
TBT is a tournament-based format that has grown since it’s formation in 2014. The tournament usually consists of around 64 teams, but last year was only able to have 24 teams to form a bubble in Columbus, Ohio.
The tournament winner receives a winner-takes-all prize of $1 Million. ESPN is the sole source of coverage for the tournament in July.
Best Virginia will announce its roster for the 2021 TBT in the upcoming weeks.