Gregory had Flyers flyin’

Brian Gregory agreed to become the men’s basketball coach at Georgia Tech today.

But what kind of coach is he?

He inherited a talented team from Oliver Purnell and led Dayton to a 24-9 record and appearance in the 2004 NCAA tournament.

Gregory and the Flyers went through a three-year tournament-less dry spell while he rebuilt the roster. However, they still went 51-40.

During the past four seasons, with a roster composed entirely of players he recruited, Gregory led the Flyers to a 97-45 mark, including a 12-5 record against teams from basketball’s six power conferences: the ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC.

Here’s a game-by-game breakdown of that record:


Nov. 27………Cincinnati……………L, 68-34

It was the Flyers’ worst loss since 1995

Dec. 22………Seton Hall…………..W, 69-65

Flyers held Pirates to 25 points in second half

Nov. 20………Mississippi…………W, 78-71, OT

Flyers rallied from 12 down eight minutes left


April 1……….North Carolina………W, 79-68

NIT championship was Flyers’ first title since 1942

March 30…..Mississippi…………….W, 68-63

Win put Dayton in NIT championship for first time since 1968

March 24……Illinois………………….W, 77-71

Flyers used a 23-9 lead to seal the win

March 22……Cincinnati…………….W, 81-66

Just the Flyers’ third win in previous 17 games against in-state rival

Nov. 22……….Kansas State…………L, 83-75

Flyers were down by 3 with 45 seconds left

Nov. 20………No. 6 Villanova……..L, 71-65

Flyers cut 18-point lead to two with 2:23 left, but couldn’t rally

Nov. 19………No. 19 Georgia Tech…………W, 63-59

Dayton’s bench scores 47 points in victory


March 22…….Kansas………………..L, 60-43

Flyers’ lowest point total of the season

March 20……..West Virginia……..W, 68-60

Flyers’ first NCAA tourney win since 1990

Nov. 29…………No. 15 Marquette….W, 89-75

Flyers bench outscored Eagles’ 48-5

Nov. 28………..Auburn…………………W, 60-59, OT

Flyers win despite 0-for-24 mark from 3-point range


March 26……..Ohio State……………..L, 74-63

First meeting between these schools since late 1980s

Dec. 29…………No. 6 Pittsburgh……W, 80-55

It was the Panthers’ first loss of the season

Dec. 8…………..No. 11 Louisville……..W, 70-65

Flyers’ second consecutive win over Cardinals

– Doug Roberson, AJC

16 comments Add your comment


March 28th, 2011
12:43 pm

But then there’s his 15-52 career record vs. RPI Top 50!


March 28th, 2011
12:45 pm

Has Julian Royal switched to UGA yet?

This guy was barely .500 in the Atlantic Ten and just lost to Bobby Cremins in the NIT. Is this really where GT’s b-ball program is right now?

Also, does he have any connection, whatsoever, to Atlanta (or the Southeast) in terms of recruiting? The whole “great academics” charade can only last so long.

Also, let’s stop the comparisons to UGA’s Fox. First, Tech comparing its b-ball program to UGA’s simply cements how far Tech has fallen (and I suppose, how much UGA has improved). Second, Fox had a far more impressive overall record and actually placed players in the NBA (something Gregory has NEVER done). Good luck with those ACC recruits, coach Gregory.


March 28th, 2011
12:46 pm

he beat UNC. Just keep it going!


March 28th, 2011
12:48 pm

4 straight 20+ win seasons, and an NIT title last year. Not bad.


March 28th, 2011
12:49 pm


Hewitt beat UNC four times – not exactly a good barometer

Tech fan

March 28th, 2011
1:11 pm

Atleast its not CPH

Jackets 2011

March 28th, 2011
1:27 pm

If I recall correctly, Chizik’s record was poor at his prior job in the mid-West.
Someone posted Cremins stats at Appalachian which also were not that great.
For the situation Drad inherited from Braine, this was a solid move.
How did Capel do at Oklahoma?

Jackets 2011

March 28th, 2011
1:31 pm

Some of us might get a surprise if they knew what “basketball royalty” Kansas thinks of us.
I am always delighted to see them fall in the Big Dance.
They do lead the Dance in crying every year.
I’ll give them that.

Jackets 2011

March 28th, 2011
1:35 pm

Looks like he won with his players which is what we are hoping we can say about CPJ in a few years.
97-45 is very good.
Not every coach lucks into a stocked team.
Shaka is fun but that’s a team he lucked into.


March 28th, 2011
1:48 pm

Welcome Coach BG..everyone here is not haters…we wish you the best and I’ll be back to watch games. GT just got 100% better than when Bewitt was here..Dayton fans and UGA fans can ST?U…


March 28th, 2011
1:56 pm

Welcome Coach Gregory. I look forward to seeing you coach and recruit.

Paul Hewitt and Mark Richt

March 28th, 2011
2:03 pm

It doesn’t matter who Tech hires. They’re losers.


March 28th, 2011
2:03 pm

Dude, you donna get a 15-50 record palying big conferences as a mid-major. Again, this guy loves to chuck it from the cheap seats and we have a roster full of 3 point shooters. He is good with the fundamentals. I hated this tem when we played them, becuse they looked better coached on the court wit less talent. Oliver, Rice, Udofia and the freshmen should do well under him. I’m afraid Shumpert is gone, but man would that be good to have him back. If he gets Shumpert to stay….look for instant sucess, especially if we don’t lose that blue chipper. Jr class, please don’t leave. he needs you guys and loves the 3 ball. We could be best shooting 3 point team in the ACC. Anyone bashing this guy is an idiot. We don;t have the money to hire away 2-5 million dollar coaches. If you other “fans” would sell out the football games then we would. But we don’t have that kind of money. For the money and a stable program, I like the hire. I think he’s got good character and can move us forward. I hope he wants to do better than Purnell did.


March 28th, 2011
2:31 pm

This is a good basketball coach Tech just hired. When they beat us is the preseason tourney a year or 2 ago you could just tell CPH was getting out-coached from the tip. These kids need some discipline and a whole new idea of how to play basketball. CPH was the worst coach in basketball the past few years… It cannot get any worse than him, so that means things MUST be looking up from here.


March 28th, 2011
3:49 pm

I won’t be surprised if we lose a Hewitt recruit or two because Gregory will push them harder (remember the mass exodus when CPJ came in?). That is fine. I hope the current recruits will stay, since they committed to the Institute and not the coach, but if they don’t want to be here and work hard for success, then we don’t want them. Recruits: you made a great decision to come to Georgia Tech and get a worthy degree and a chance to play in one of the best conferences in basketball. Now show us what you’re really made of and put your team and your future ahead of your personal relationship with Hewitt.


March 28th, 2011
3:51 pm

I am hopeful that if Hewitt stays in Atlanta, and if his parting words about supporting Tech were sincere, that he may help out Gregory as Cremins helped him out.