Tuesday, November 12, 2013
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Brian Gregory has received a one-year extension to his contract, director of athletics Mike Bobinski announced Tuesday.
The additional year extends the original six-year contract for Gregory, who reached the 200-victory plateau for his career Friday night against Presbyterian, through the 2017-18 season. Gregory also will receive an increase in his base salary and additional basketball and academic performance incentives.
“With this extension we recognize Brian’s leadership and progress in re-building the Tech basketball program over the past two years,” said Bobinski. “Under his direction, we have greatly improved the team’s academic standing and have seen positive growth on the court.”
“I’m very thankful to President Peterson, Mike Bobinski, and the Georgia Tech Board of Trustees for their confidence in my leadership and their support of our program,” said Gregory. “I’m proud of the foundation we are creating academically, in the community, and on the court. I am also extremely excited about our future success and humbled by the commitment made by this great institution.”
Gregory began his Tech career following a six-year period in which the Yellow Jackets had just two winning seasons, and played the 2011-12 season off-campus as McCamish Pavilion was being built. But the team improved by five victories overall and by two in Atlantic Coast Conference play during the 2012-13 season. The Jackets made significant improvements statistically according to the NCAA rankings and won three ACC games on the road, including eventual ACC champion Miami, ranked No. 6 at the time.
Every senior on the Tech team has graduated during Gregory’s time, beginning with Maurice Miller and Lance Storrs in 2011 carrying through Derek Craig and Nick Foreman in 2012, and continuing with Pierre Jordan, Brandon Reed and Mfon Udofia in 2013. Since Gregory arrived, the team has compiled four of its top five collective semester grade-point averages since 2005.
The Yellow Jackets also have made significant strides in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Report, posting a score of 1,000 in Gregory’s first year. In the most recent report, Tech’s men’s basketball team recorded a 978 single-year APR, which helped improved its multi-year APR to a new high of 972.