Tech’s Brian Gregory gets slight raise, extension

Two years into the job, Georgia Tech basketball coach Brian Gregory’s work has been rewarded.

With a promising team on the floor and academic messes cleaned up, Gregory received a slight raise and had a year added to his contract. Athletic director Mike Bobinski announced the transaction Tuesday.

Gregory was hired from Dayton in March 2011 by then-athletic director Dan Radakovich to replace Paul Hewitt and was given a six-year, $6 million contract. The deal had a clause offering a “look-in” at the two-year mark to re-examine the contract based on the progress Gregory was able to make.

Bobinski saw fit to give Gregory a modest raise, effective immediately, along with additional incentives, senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford said. His new deal runs through the 2017-18 season.

With a top-20 recruiting class infusing the roster, Tech finished 16-15 last season, a five-game improvement from Gregory’s first season. With four starters back, the Jackets are expected to continue to progress. The Jackets seek their third consecutive win over Georgia on Friday in Athens.

Gregory also led drastic improvement in the team’s NCAA-monitored Academic Progress Rate, which measures eligibility and retention. Shortly after his arrival, the team’s four-year average was 915, last in the ACC, which caused the team to be docked a scholarship for the second time in three years. The most recent score, released in June, was 972, sixth in the ACC.

“I’m very thankful to President (G.P. “Bud”) Peterson, Mike Bobinski, and the Georgia Tech Board of Trustees for their confidence in my leadership and their support of our program,” Gregory said in a statement. “I’m proud of the foundation we are creating academically, in the community, and on the court. I am also extremely excited about our future success and humbled by the commitment made by this great institution.”

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