Greg Gary, who was recruited as a player by Ron Everhart in the early 1990s and was part of Everhart's staff at McNeese State in the late 1990's, is back for his second stint as an assistant coach with the Dukes.
Gary, who brings 17 years of NCAA Division I experience to the Duquesne bench, spent the past two seasons as head coach at Centenary College in Shreveport, La. He has accompanied teams to a total of eight post-season appearances and recruited or coached eight players who have spent time on NBA rosters.
The 40-year-old Gary took over a Centenary program that won 10 Summit League games in the four years prior to his arrival and produced nine conference games in his two seasons as head coach. He managed that conference win total despite coaching last season after the school announced in July 2009 that it would seek reclassification as a NCAA Division III member.
Prior to accepting the position at Centenary, Gary was part of a staff that led Duquesne to its first winning season since 1993-94 - and second in 22 years - with a 17-13 in 2008-08. The `08 Dukes ranked in the top 10 nationally in assists/g. (3rd), blocks/g. (3rd), scoring (5th) and steals (9th) and DU's 82.3 ppg. scoring average was its highest since 1974-75.
Gary spent six of the seven seasons prior to his first stint at Duquesne as an assistant in the Big East at Miami, Fla. (2000-01 to 2003-04) and USF (2004-05 to 2006-07, note: USF competed in Conference USA in 2004-05). He began his coaching career at Tulane (1993-94 to 1996-97) and returned to the Green Wave for two more seasons (1998-99 to 1999-00) after spending a year under Everhart at McNeese State (1997-98).
Gary arrived with head coach Perry Clark's staff at Miami in 2000, where his responsibilities extended beyond on-floor coaching. At Miami, Gary supervised the academic program for the team and coordinated the offensive sets.
He helped develop a Miami program that reached the National Invitation Tournament in 2001 and the NCAA Tournament in 2002. En route to the NCAA appearance, the Hurricanes collected a school-record 24 victories. His recruiting efforts laid the groundwork for Miami's highly-respected 2006-07 backcourt.
In his second coaching stint at Tulane (1998-2000), Gary helped coach a team that reached the NIT in 1999 and 2000, working as the recruiting coordinator and academic coordinator in addition to his on-floor coaching duties.
During his first four-year tenure (1993-97) on Clark's staff at Tulane, the Green Wave went to the postseason each year, including an NCAA bid in 1995 and three NIT appearances (NIT Final Four in 1996).
A native of basketball-rich Anderson, Ind., Gary played point guard for three seasons at Tulane (1989-90 to 1991-92), where he helped revive the Green Wave program after the school had dropped basketball in 1985.
Recruited to Tulane by then assistant Ron Everhart, Gary finished his career as Tulane's all-time assist leader. He capped his career by helping lead the Green Wave to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1991-92.
Gary graduated from Anderson High School in 1988 prior to enrolling at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn. which was a junior college at the time. He transferred to Tulane following his freshman season.
Gary completed his bachelor's degree in sports management at Tulane in 1992.
Gary and his wife, Claudia, have four daughters, Gabrielle, Logan, Alexandra and Brooklyn.
THE Greg Gary FILE
1993-94 -- Tulane - Asst. Coach
NCAA TOURNAMENT EXPERIENCE
NBA PLAYERS RECRUITED AND/OR COACHED