After Georgia Tech ponied up the $7.1 million dollar buyout of Paul Hewitt’s contract they began a search for their next coach. Unlike the other ACC currently filling a vacancy – NC State – Georgia Tech doesn’t have some misguided notion that their program is among the most high profile jobs in coaching, and so they didn’t waste a bunch of time and money focusing their search on coaches with no interest in the job. The Yellow Jackets approach was quick, quiet and efficient, and in a 5pm press conference this afternoon they will announce the results of that search. The new Georgia Tech coach is Brian Gregory from the
One of the constants in coaching searches for major programs is that if the new hire isn’t a recycled major coach or a mid-major coach currently making a run in the NCAA Tournament, then the fan base immediately freaks out. See
Gregory is from the Jud Heathcote coaching tree, having become an assistant for him at
His team, the Dayton Flyers, play in the Atlantic 10, and have the resources and facilities to compete annually in the conference. Georgia Tech meanwhile is located in one of the premier talent producing cities in the country. They’re currently constructing a $45 million dollar arena refurbishing, and have every opportunity to compete annually with every program in the ACC besides Duke and UNC. So the situations, when focused on the conference, are comparable.
But what about his coaching, and what effect will his style of play have on the ACC? Just last season the conference suffered through the extremely questionable hire of Jeff Bzdelik at
The only data we have to examine Brian Gregory comes from
And what about his tempo? Well, if you’re a fan of grinding, ugly games, then you’ll be happy with this hire. The next chart shows the highest, lowest and median tempo ACC teams since 2004, along with the tempo of Gregory’s
Conclusions? I think this is about a 6 on a scale to 10. His style and focus on defense will likely bring a more consistent product to