Damon Stoudamire officially announced as new head basketball coach at Georgia Tech
Damon Stoudamire is set to be the next head coach for Georgia Tech.
Monday afternoon, the program officially announced Stoudamire as the 15th head coach in Yellow Jacket history. He replaces Josh Pastner following Pastner’s 7 seasons leading Georgia Tech.
Please welcome the 15th head coach in Georgia Tech men’s basketball history, Damon Stoudamire‼️ #TogetherWeSwarm 🐝 | https://t.co/a8zXZhuWOJ pic.twitter.com/FGdwWMKAwU
— Georgia Tech Men’s Basketball (@GTMBB) March 13, 2023
“I am humbled and honored to be the head coach at Georgia Tech,” Stoudamire said via press release. “It is an incredible honor to be entrusted with leading such a tradition-rich program. I am excited to get to work with the goal of consistently having our team compete at the championship level that we all know we can and should compete at. I’m proud to represent Georgia Tech and can’t wait to walk out of the tunnel and onto the floor at the Thrillerdome in front of our fans. Go Jackets!”
Stoudamire was a star point guard for Arizona during his days as a player before spending over a decade in the NBA. He has head coaching experience, producing a 71-77 overall record with Pacific in the West Coast Conference from 2016-21.
He spent the past two seasons as a highly-regarded assistant for the Boston Celtics.
Outlook for Georgia Tech under Stoudamire
Stoudamire steps in to lead a once proud Yellow Jacket program that has been abysmal since the 2010-11 season. After losing in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament under Paul Hewitt, Georgia Tech has posted just one NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 seasons combined of leadership from Pastner and Brian Gregory.
Beyond that, the Yellow Jackets have not advanced past the second round of the tournament since losing to UConn in the 2004 national championship. Needless to say, that is unacceptable.
For a college hoops program located around a number of elite high school prospects on an annual basis, Georgia Tech will look to Stoudamire to improve recruiting and development.