Tuesday March 29, 2011

A New Era

The search begins immediately for a new head men's basketball coach to fill what Athletics Director Tim Wabler calls "one of the top jobs in the nation."

The University of Dayton has launched an aggressive national search for a new head men's basketball coach.

On Monday, Brian Gregory met with the team before accepting the head coaching position at Georgia Tech.

“I would like to thank Brian Gregory for his work here at the University of Dayton,” said Tim Wabler, vice president and director of athletics. “Brian did a tremendous job here of bringing national recognition to the program, serving in the community, graduating our student-athletes and representing the University in a first-class manner.”

“We will be looking for a head coach who is looking to take advantage of the opportunity, and the challenge, to make Dayton a perennial NCAA contender while upholding our standards of high graduation rates and running a high-character program,” Wabler said.

The Flyers have advanced to the postseason in four consecutive seasons, winning the 2010 NIT, advancing to the second round of the 2009 NCAA tournament and reaching the NIT two other times.  The Flyers are 12-5 against BCS teams in that span.

Academically, Dayton is one of the top destinations in the NCAA. The University of Dayton has graduated every men’s basketball senior but one since 1979 and ranks in the NCAA’s Top 10 in Academic Progress.

Dayton is perennially ranked in the Top 30 in NCAA attendance. The program is embraced by the people of the Dayton region and its alumni across the nation.

The Flyers enjoyed their fourth straight 20-win season in 2010-11. Dayton was 22-14 and played in the NIT after reaching the championship game of the Atlantic 10 tournament.

For more information, contact Doug Hauschild at 937-229-4390.