Georgia Tech parts ways with coach Josh Pastner

Georgia Tech dismissed head coach Josh Pastner after seven seasons, the school announced on Friday.

The move comes one day after the Yellow Jackets dropped an 89-81 decision to Pitt in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C.

“I have informed Josh Pastner that we are making a change in the leadership of our storied program,” Georgia Tech athletic director J Batt said in a statement.

“Josh has been an incredible ambassador for Georgia Tech, treating others with the utmost respect, and wearing his passion on his sleeve. His genuine care for student-athletes, our Men’s Basketball program, our athletics department and the Institute is unquestionable.”

Pastner, 45, posted a 109-114 record during his time with the Yellow Jackets, including 15-18 this season. He led Georgia Tech to a conference tournament championship in 2020-21 and an NCAA Tournament appearance, but it was knocked out by Loyola Chicago in its opening game.

Batt said that assistant Anthony Wilkins will serve as interim head coach while the school conducts a national search for a new leader. Wilkins, 42, joined the staff in June 2018.

“We have high expectations at Georgia Tech for all of our sports programs, and it is imperative that Men’s Basketball achieves a greater level of success,” Batt said. “Our Men’s Basketball program is important to our Department, and to our institution. We will not shy away from expecting to consistently compete for ACC championships, NCAA Tournament appearances, and sustained success. I am confident that with the combined strength of the Institute and our incredible fan base, as well as the support of our city, we can reach our shared goals.”

Pastner also spent seven seasons with Memphis (2009-16). He owned a 167-73 record with the Tigers, helping the club to two regular-season Conference USA championships, three conference tournament titles and four NCAA Tournament appearances.

One day before being let go, Pastner was hoping to receive an eighth season leading the Yellow Jackets.

“I love Georgia Tech,” Pastner said. “I love my job. I have a real passion for it, and I believe in it.”

–Field Level Media