USF Hires Brian Gregory As Next Head Basketball Coach


USF has landed its next head men’s basketball coach. Former Dayton and Georgia Tech program-builder Brian Gregory will take over in Tampa.


After being unable to stabilize the Georgia Tech program following a successful stint at Dayton, Brian Gregory has landed a new gig.

South Florida hired Gregory as its next head men’s basketball coach, the school announced on Tuesday.

“I am very excited to get to work, to talk with the players and to meet Bulls Nation and the Bay Area community,” Gregory said in a statement.

Georgia Tech parted ways with the 50-year-old Mount Prospect, IL, native after he went 76-86 overall and 27-61 in ACC play running the program in Atlanta after taking over for Paul Hewitt in 2011. He was unable to get the Yellow Jackets to the NCAA Tournament during his tenure. In his final season at GT, Gregory finished 21-15 overall and made the NIT, which was the first tourney of any kind in his five seasons. The Yellow Jackets won two games in the NIT before losing in the quarterfinals.

Gregory arrived at Georgia Tech from Dayton, where he was 172-94 in eight seasons and took the Flyers to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and 2009. He also led them to the NIT championship over North Carolina following the 2009-10 season.

Before getting the head gig with the Flyers, Gregory was an assistant for Tom Izzo at Michigan State. A former teammate of David Robinson’s at Navy, Gregory spent this season as a consultant with the Spartans.

“Brian brings vast head coaching experience to USF, a passion for coaching and mentoring student-athletes and a track record of leading successful programs,” athletic director Mark Harlan said in a statement. “He has been a part of championship winning programs as a player, assistant coach and head coach and has built a very strong reputation as a tireless recruiter, skilled tactician and a coach who cares deeply about his players and graduating them. Brian will lead USF men’s basketball to a very exciting future.”

USF parted ways with former head coach Orlando Antigua after a 78-game era filled with controversy and player defections. Harlan dismissed Antigua after he recorded a 23-55 mark in two-plus seasons. First-year assistant Murry Bartow replaced Antigua on an interim basis for the rest of the season. USF won just one game in the AAC in 2016-17, finishing 1-17 in league play and 7-23 overall. Bartow went just 1-15 as interim head coach.

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