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Basketball Coaching Changes In The ACC

A bit of perspective on who, why and when.

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Memphis v Gonzaga
SPOKANE, WA - JANUARY 31: Head coach Josh Pastner of the Memphis Tigers huddles with his team during a timeout in the first half against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at McCarthey Athletic Center on January 31, 2015 in Spokane, Washington.
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Since the 2009-10 season, the ACC has welcomed 14 new men’s basketball coaches. At four schools – Boston College, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest – the coaching reins changed hands twice during those years.

Five teams have now turned over coaches in the past three seasons, including a pair in 2016-17. This year Josh Pastner arrived at Georgia Tech and Kevin Stallings at Pitt. Those are among 26 bench clearings over the past two decades.

Pastner replaced Brian Gregory, fired by the Yellow Jackets after five seasons on the job. Gregory, hired away from Dayton after he supposedly had worn out his welcome, posted a pair of winning records at Atlanta. His best mark came in 2016 when the Jackets were 21-15 and 8-10 in the ACC, tying Florida State for 11th. Pastner supposedly had worn out his welcome at Memphis, which helped Tech pay his salary to facilitate his departure.

Stallings replaced Jamie Dixon, who returned to Texas Christian, his alma mater. Dixon directed the Panthers to a 21-12 record last season. His Pitt program’s failure to advance far in the NCAAs, for which it didn’t qualify the past two years, was an issue with fans. During Dixon’s 13 years at Pitt, the program reached the tournament 11 times but the regional finals just once. As ACC members the Panthers were 1-2 combined in two NCAA appearances.

Stallings was reasonably successful at Vanderbilt, but secured only seven NCAA tournament bids in 17 years. Things hadn’t been looking good at Nashville since 2015, when Stallings publicly told player Wayne Baldwin “I’ll fucking kill you” after the freshman clapped in the face of a vanquished Tennessee player. The former Roy Williams assistant quickly apologized.

ACC Coaching Changes by Season, Last 20 Years
(Not Counting Those Accompanying A New ACC Member)
Year Changes Name, School
2017 2 J. Pastner, GT; K. Stallings, UP
2016 None NA
2015 3 J. Christian, BC; D. Manning, WF; B. Williams, VT
2014 None NA
2013 1 J. Johnson, VT
2012 4 M. Gottfried, NS; B. Gregory, GT; J. Larranaga, Mi; M. Turgeon, M
2011 3 B. Brownell, C; J. Bzdelik, WF; S. Donahue, BC
2010 1 T. Bennett, V
2009 None NA
2008 1 D. Gaudio, WF
2007 1 S. Lowe, NS
2006 1 D. Leitao, V
2005 None NA
2004 2 R. Williams, NC; O. Purnell, C
2003 1 L. Hamilton, FS
2002 1 S. Prosser, WF
2001 2 M. Doherty, NC; P. Hewitt, GT
2000 None NA
1999 2 P. Gillen, V; L. Shyatt, C
1998 2 B. Guthridge, NC; S. Robinson, FS