Gary Announced as New Gents Basketball Coach
Friday, April 11, 2008

SHREVEPORT—Centenary Director of Athletics Dr. Tom Tallach officially announced on Friday that Greg Gary has been chosen as the head coach of the Gents basketball program. Gary comes to Centenary directly from Duquesne and has 15 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience.


“We are very excited to have Greg as our new head coach,” said Tallach. “Not only will he do a great job recruiting in this region, but he is also the kind of leader that will be great with the players we have returning. Our players are very important to us and I know that they are ready to go back to work.”


In his one season at Duquesne, Gary was part of Coach Ron Everhart’s staff that led the Dukes to their first winning season since 1993-94 with a 17-13 record. The 2008 Dukes ranked in the top 10 nationally in four different offensive categories and their 82.3 points per game scoring average was the highest by a Duquesne team since 1974-75.


“I was lucky enough to be able to recruit Greg as a player when I was at Tulane and I’ve closely followed his progress as a coach,” said Everhart by phone. “Greg has a tremendous work ethic, is an outstanding teacher and has a great understanding of the game. There is no doubt in my mind that he will be highly successful at Centenary.”


Prior to Duquesne, Gary spent four years at South Florida (2004-07) and four more years at Miami (2000-04) in the Big East. No stranger to the state of Louisiana, he began his coaching career at Tulane (1993-97)) and returned to the Green Wave (1998-2000) for two more seasons after spending a year at McNeese State (1997-98).


He has been part of programs that have gone to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) six times, including a final four appearance with Tulane in 1996, and has reached the NCAA Tournament twice. In addition, Gary has recruited eight players that have spent time on NBA rosters.


A native of Anderson, Ind., the 38-year-old Gary played point guard for three seasons at Tulane (1989-92) and left the university as the all-time assists leader. He helped guide the Green Wave to a NCAA Tournament appearance as a senior.


Gary inherits a Centenary team that finished the 2007-08 campaign with a 10-21 record and a 4-14 mark in Summit League play. The Gents ended their season with a first round loss to eventual Summit League Tournament champion Oral Roberts.