The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have been looking to get back to their former selves on the basketball court for some time. They may be able to do just that in the next coming years after hiring Josh Pastner as their new head coach.
According to multiple reports, Pastner agreed to become the Yellow Jackets’ new coach early Friday morning. This comes after spending seven years with the Memphis Tigers.
The 38-year-old Pastner took over for John Calipari after he left for the Kentucky job seven years ago. He has since taken the Tigers to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances between 2011 and 2014.
Josh Pastner also racked up a 167-73 record with three Conference USA championships during his time with the team. The Yellow Jackets have not made the NCAA Tournament since 2010 and after five disappointing seasons under Brian Gregory, it was time for a change.
Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski talked about his decision being pretty clear following a 21-15 season and a loss in the NIT quarterfinals this season.
“At the end of the day, the evaluation for me came down to what does the future look like,” Bobinski said. “Do we in fact have a clear path forward to greater success and higher levels of success in the years ahead, and my determination was, I didn’t see it. I ultimately didn’t see it and ultimately led me to the decision that we needed to make a change.”
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