In the wake of the Paul Hewitt era (or lack thereof) with the Georgia Tech basketball program, it probably wouldn’t have taken much of anything to get the fan base excited about their 2nd-year head coach Brian Gregory. On Tuesday, that newfound excitement translated into extra dollars (and an extra year of employment) for Gregory.
— Georgia Tech Sports (@GTAthletics) November 12, 2013
In all fairness, the contract extension he received isn’t that much of endorsement being that it is only a 1-year add-on to the original 6-year pact, but in my opinion, he’s done enough to deserve that additional security. In 2012-2013, Georgia Tech finished finished 16-15 overall (6-12 in the ACC) and while that is a far cry from the “glory days” of Kenny Anderson and Dennis Scott (or even Jarrett Jack and B.J. Elder), it is a significant improvement over the aforementioned Hewitt’s disastrous final season (2011-2012) that saw the team scuffle to a 11-20 overall mark.
The biggest key for any college basketball hire or existing coach is recruiting, and it seems to be picking back up in Atlanta. It certainly isn’t back to the days where they could swoop in and grab top-10 guys (remember Chris Bosh playing for the Yellow Jackets?), but the talent level is rising, and more than that, it is seemingly developing under Gregory much more than under Hewitt.
The final verdict is certainly still out on Gregory, but the early returns are positive.