Vcu Basketball Coach
March 28, 2011 by staff
Vcu Basketball Coach, (AP) - Georgia Tech chose Dayton coach Brian Gregory to rebuild its basketball program in trouble, who went through difficult times after reaching the final of the national championship in 2004.
Dayton senior associate athletic director Dave Harper said Monday that Gregory was leaving for the position of Georgia Tech. He told his players at a meeting 07:30.
“He informed the school and met with the team,” Harper told The Associated Press.
Georgia Tech officials would not comment, pending official approval of the contract of Gregory. The school is preparing to hold conference late afternoon news to announce a replacement for Paul Hewitt, who was fired shortly after his fourth losing season in six years.
The Dayton Daily News initially said Gregory left the Flyers. Athletic department of the school sent a tweet saying, “We wish her good BG and family.”
The 44-year-old Gregory was coach at Dayton for eight seasons, posting a record of -94. He guided the Flyers to a pair of NCAA appearances, reaching the second round in with a reversal of West Virginia. Dayton also won the NIT in, beating North Carolina in the championship game.
Dayton had only one losing season under Gregory and won at least games five times. But the team out of a disappointing season, going -9 in the Atlantic and 22-14 overall. The Flyers have not reached the NCAA tournament for the second straight year, losing to Richmond in the final A-10 tournament.
They settled for a bid to the NIT and were defeated by the College of Charleston -84 in the opening round. The team lost star senior Chris Wright, and recently announced freshmen guard Juwan Staten and Brandon Spearman have been transferred.
At Georgia Tech, Gregory takes over a program that has come to winning a national title in 2004, but fell on hard times in recent years under Hewitt.
Wasps were 13-18 this season and 11 to the Atlantic Coast Conference at -11. Hewitt was fired two days after the season ended with another losing ugly, 59-43 at Virginia Tech in the opening round of the ACC tournament.
Make-work more difficult for the reconstruction of Gregory: Georgia Tech will not be a true home arena in his first season. The school is building a new campus arena on the site of Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Until it opens in 2012, the Yellow Jackets will split home games between the center and suburban Gwinnett Arena Philips Arena.
Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich said last week he hoped to have a new coach hired before the Final Four.
There was speculation the Yellow Jackets continue one of the coaches who made a splash at this year’s tournament of the NCAA, such as Richmond or Chris Mooney commitment Shaka Smart.
But Mooney signed a contract extension of 10 years with the Spiders on Sunday night after leading them to the round of 16. Smart team is still alive in the NCAA tournament, reaching the Final Four for the first time.
So the work goes to Gregory, who takes over a program that has many inherent advantages: a rich tradition, members of ACC and a great city to be attractive to recruits.
One of his priorities will be to revitalize the fan base.
Over the losing seasons piled up, attendance plunged home dramatically. Wasps failed to sell any games this season at the arena of 9100 seats, averaging just 6,095 per game.
The empty seats evil Hewitt hopes to stay at work, even if the school owes him one and 7.2 million redemption in the next five years as part of a lucrative contract he signed after the Final Four season.
“Certainly, the atmosphere around the arena, lack of support from fans is certainly something that played into the decision,” Radakovich said ignition Hewitt.
Associated Press Writer Dan Sewell in Cincinnati contributed to this report.
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