Monday, March 28, 2011

Georgia Tech Hires Brian Gregory

Georgia Tech has picked Dayton coach Brian Gregory to rebuild its beleaguered basketball program, which fell on hard times after reaching the national championship game in 2004.

Dayton senior associate athletic director Dave Harper said Monday that Gregory was leaving to take the Georgia Tech job.

Georgia Tech officials would not comment, pending official approval of Gregory’s contract. The school was preparing to hold a late afternoon news conference to announce the replacement for Paul Hewitt, who was fired shortly after his fourth losing season in six years.

The 44-year-old Gregory had coached at Dayton for eight seasons, posting a record of 172-94. He guided the Flyers to a pair of NCAA appearances, reaching the second round in 2009 with an upset of West Virginia. Dayton also won the NIT in 2010, beating North Carolina in the championship game.

At Georgia Tech, Gregory takes over a program that came within one win of a national title in 2004 but fell on hard times in recent years under Hewitt.

The Yellow Jackets were 13-18 this season and 11th in the ACC at 5-11. Hewitt was fired two days after the season ended with another ugly loss, 59-43 to Virginia Tech in the opening round of the ACC tournament.

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