Georgia Tech fires Brian Gregory after five seasons


Georgia Tech has fired head basketball coach Brian Gregory after five seasons, the school announced Friday.

The news comes just two days after the Yellow Jackets’ 72-56 loss to San Diego State in the NIT. The team ended the season with a 21-15 record — its best finish under Gregory.

“This was a difficult decision because of the character and integrity that Brian has demonstrated throughout his time at Georgia Tech,” athletic director Mike Bobinski said. “I have great respect for Brian as a person and for the effort he’s put forth on our behalf. He and the student-athletes under his direction have represented Georgia Tech in a first-rate manner and we’re greatly appreciative of the improvements he’s overseen in our program’s academic performance.

“However, as we look to the future, we believe a change in leadership is needed for our program to achieve higher and sustained levels of competitive success.”

Gregory was hired by Tech in 2011 after an eight-year stint at Dayton. He led the Flyers to the NCAA tournament twice during that time.

The Jackets never appeared in the Big Dance after his arrival in Atlanta, though. Gregory’s teams went 76-86 in his five years with the program.