Abdur-Rahim leaves Tech for Charleston

Georgia Tech men’s basketball director of player development Amir Abdur-Rahim has taken an assistant coaching job at the College of Charleston. Abdur-Rahim, a former Wheeler High star, was hired by Tech coach Brian Gregory last May.

“Georgia Tech was a special place that was very near and dear to me,” Abdur-Rahim said in a statement. “The program has made great strides in just one year under the leadership of Coach Gregory. He is someone I know I can always call and go to for advice. He does a great job of building relationships and kids have a lot of respect for him. They are in great hands.”

Abdur-Rahim will be an assistant to Doug Wojcik, who was hired in April as former Tech coach Bobby Cremins’ replacement. Cremins retired in March after taking a leave of absence during the season due to physical exhaustion. Wojcik was fired after  seven seasons at Tulsa.

Yet another tie between the two programs is that Wojcik interviewed for the Tech job eventually filled by Gregory. Also, Wojcik and Gregory were teammates at Navy in Gregory’s one season at the academy.

“In just a short year, Amir made a huge impact on our Georgia Tech program,” Gregory said in a statement. “He has all the things you want in a high-level assistant. Although I hate to lose him, I feel great about who he is going to work for.”

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech

25 comments Add your comment


May 17th, 2012
4:44 pm

Congrats, Amir!

5150 UOAD

May 17th, 2012
5:08 pm

Can’t fault a guy for Moving Up the Coaching Ladder.


May 17th, 2012
5:46 pm

Paul in NH

May 17th, 2012
5:49 pm

Life on the coaching escalator! Congratulations.

GT Lee

May 17th, 2012
6:44 pm

Now let’s get Mark Price back in the program……


May 17th, 2012
8:00 pm

Gregory,hire the best recruiter available.


May 18th, 2012
9:11 am

After being on the road for a 12 year NBA career. I doubt Mark and Laura Price would be excited about the time and travel demands of an ACC assistant coach! That is why he chooses to be a shooting consultant for pros.

5150 UOAD

May 18th, 2012
9:51 am

Mark is enjoying His daughter playing tennis at UNC.

I always get a kick out of...

May 18th, 2012
11:06 am

…guys who suggest that former pro standouts such as Mark Price, or John Salley, or Hines Ward, or David Pollack (sorry for using UGA guys as examples) come back as coaches at their alma mater – as UOAD and Jet correctly point out, there is a reason those guys were All Pros or All-American, and why they are set for life with money without the headaches that come with coaching college kids.

Yes, I know that Price at one time coached in HS, and that Hines has said he MIGHT want to coach – but they are few and far between. Besides, just as many assistant coaches have found out, just because they are excellent assistants they do not necessarily make good head coaches – the same about good players, they do not necessarily make good coaches. And, with the money those guys have made they are usually set for life, except for the TO’s and Lawrence Taylors of the world…of which there are many of those, too…


May 18th, 2012
11:33 am




May 18th, 2012
11:34 am


phewitt fan

May 18th, 2012
11:42 am

me me me me me. i could fill that coaching vacancy easily. i know more about bb than all you guys put together. i learnt if from my hero paul.

i know the hack a shack d
i know the toss the ball out of bounds play
i have at least 2 inbound plays in my arsenal.
i know how to use all my timeouts before half time
i can lose more games in the last minute than any coach in history
i can recruit thugs and ganstas
i can do less with more than any coach in the ncaa
i realize that the ncaa is crap shoot so i will concentrate on making gt a semi pro team.

anybody have da coach’s number?
i can make sure that all my playas do not graduate and get drafted into the nba

i think i would make a great coach.

'for god's sake' while i admire your

May 18th, 2012
11:53 am

loyalty and would love to see mark as a coach at least get your facts straight wrt the current staff.

if you follow gt baskeball at all (and from your comment it doesnt look like it) than you would know that one of the first things that coach gregory did when he was hired was to invite every single player from cremins teams (including bobby himself ) to participate in the program. i also think that he has extended that to players before bobby as well.

if i remember right ken wrote an article as such. the players that were interviewed went on to say that coach gregory has gone a long way towards repairing the damage that paul hewitt did in this regard.

i love our new coach so far. while he may not be the absolute best with some of the x’s and o’s he is excelling in all other areas such as recruiting, pr, discipline, and making sure that our players put academics FIRST… unlike paul hewitt.

we are no longer a semi pro team masquerading as a college program.

Ok, GOD, mea culpa (somewhat)...

May 18th, 2012
3:56 pm

“Since retiring as a player, Price has also worked as an assistant coach at his alma mater (under Bobby Cremins), served as a community coach for Duluth High School and was head coach at Whitefield Academy in Smyrn, GA. In 2006, Price opened the Mark Price Basketball Academy and Shooting Lab at the Suwanee (GA) Sports Academy.”

And, you are correct, he was the player development coach for Orlando this year, and “Price was a shooting coach with Golden State during the 2010-11 campaign. Price was also a shooting consultant with Atlanta for two seasons (2008-10) and with Memphis (2007-08).”

Not really a sterling coaching resume, IMHO…


May 18th, 2012
9:17 pm

smartest move that guy ever made.


May 18th, 2012
9:23 pm

At least he jumped off that sinking ship!

Robert the Yellow Jacket

May 19th, 2012
12:28 pm

I would rather have had Roger Kaiser as coach with his experience but the job went to Cremins and was not open for a good while. I am not sure Kaiser wanted the Tech job anyway.
What gets me about Price fans is the earlier comment that Price does not want the job is probably true.
Price is not taking the jobs necessary to become a future head coach.

Robert the Yellow Jacket

May 19th, 2012
12:33 pm

BTW how about those two offensive lineman we will have in 2013 for at least 3 years each.
Think what this offense can do with better recruiting.
We are about to find out.

Robert the Yellow Jacket

May 19th, 2012
12:43 pm

And Hewitt haters: give it a rest.
At some point we need to emphasis Hewitt’s best year and forget his negatives.
Like it or not, he did achieve Tech’s highest final standing ever in basketball.
That is why Cremins, fonder memories or not, was run off too; the ugliness of which you’ve forgotten.
Constantly badmouthing Hewitt every year keeps you stuck in the past.
Let’s move on with our new coach and facility.

Ken Sugiura

May 19th, 2012
7:22 pm

bear in mind, it’s a player development director opening, not an assistant coaching job.

robert who died and left you king?

May 19th, 2012
7:46 pm

neither you nor your boy paul even deserve to sniff bobby’s jock strap.

i dont consider “winning a crap shoot” once as taking the program to its highest level. those are phewitts own words. if that is what you think you dont know diddly.

the guy was a terrible coach and as many fans learned behind the scenes phewitt was not all that gracious.

unlike bobby, phewitt took the program down with him rather than leave on good terms.

while bobby had similar results to phewitt over the last 3 years of his tenure, phewitt had poor season after poor season for 9 of 10 years. bobby resurrected a dead program years. phewitt returned a potential great program to the lowest of the lows.

bobby filled the thriller dome
paul emptied it.

bobby went to the ncaa 13 of 15 years
paul was missing it more often than not. its just a crap shoot remember?

bobby won acc championships.
paul was lucky to finish in the middle 1/3 of an easier conference.

we finished last or next to last the last 3 of 4 years and we finished last in academics to boot. paul even got us put on academic probation. way to go phewitt. way to go.

even the past gt players wanted nothing to do with paul phewtt. that speaks volumes. they were ashamed of the program under phewitt.

meanwhile phewitt continued to play the race card over n over again. whining at every opportunity.

the clogged toilet offense was a source of laughter and titters on espn.

phewitt not only took the money an ran but his last few years of recruiting were not even sub par by acc standards. we were left with a team devoid of any acc caliber players when coach gregory took over. the one lone player we had was a source of on the court and off the court troubles.

for our troubles phewitt cleaned the gt aa bare.

phewitt knew he was on life support. instead of leaving gracefully and giving the program half a chance to recover… phewitt stayed until he was forced out. gt put him in the national lime light and in return phewitt did all he could to make gt an also ran and bankrupt the aa in the process.

the worst part is that he had a chance to leave on his terms and to leave gracefully. instead he took the free money. had he taken the st johns job he would be making more than he is now at bum buck u and saved gt from having to pay that 7 million dollar buyout. he showed his gratitude to gt by sticking it to us.

what a guy phewitt was. what a guy.

the big difference between phewitt and bobby….

bobby IS beloved by the nation, the acc and by gt. bobby will be in numerous hall of fames! many of us want bobby back. many of us want him to be a face of gt again.

as for paul phewitt…. he cant distance himself enough from the gt program to please any real gt fan.

the name paul hewitt will forever garner snickers from acc fans and curses from most gt fans. paul phewitt will live in infamy along side of bill lewis as one of the worst coaches in gt history.

there will never be a hall of fame for paul phewitt only a hall of shame.

screw paul hewitt and screw you for protecting your boy.


May 19th, 2012
9:41 pm

Robert the Yellow jacket,

Mark Price could fill the head coaching position(at GT) without blinking an eye……


May 19th, 2012
9:42 pm

and Robert one other thing….

Our Football recruiting SUCKS! We are about to find out how bad we really are….

Buzz 2011

May 20th, 2012
6:16 am

GT should beat UGA by 30 points in basketball next season and 21 points in football. Go Jackets!!

big rat

May 20th, 2012
10:52 am

i take it he is he brother of the former Hawk???