MSU head coach Tom Izzo previews the Spartans' Sweet 16 matchup with No. 1-seed Virginia.
Gregory, 36, returned to East Lansing for the 1999-2000 season and immediately assisted the Spartan program. Named the ?Top Assistant Coach in the Big Ten? in a December 2000 issue of The Sporting News, Gregory has been instrumental in MSU?s recruiting, helping to land four McDonald?s All-Americans (Paul Davis, Zach Randolph, Marcus Taylor and Kelvin Torbert) over the last three years, while signing three of the top recruiting classes in America, including the number two class in the nation in 2002.
He is among the most well-respected assistant coaches in the business. In a March 2002 survey of assistant coaches across the nation, Gregory was listed among assistants ?Most Ready To Be A Head Coach.? He is also known for his tireless work ethic and attention to detail. The same survey named him ?The Hardest Working Assistant Coach?, making Gregory a repeat winner after first receiving the honor in February 2001. Gregory was also recognized as one of the ?Top Recruiting Assistants.?
Gregory was rewarded for his diligent work when head coach Tom Izzo named him Associate Head Coach in August 2001.
?Brian Gregory is the next up and coming head coach from the Spartan basketball program,? said Izzo. ?He has demonstrated exceptional ability in recruiting, game preparation and strategy and organizational skills. There is no question if an athletic director is looking for a coach to lead their program that Brian Gregory is a great choice.?
Gregory previously served as a member of the MSU coaching staff from 1990-96. He originally joined the Spartan program as a graduate assistant in 1990, serving in that role for two seasons. From 1992-96, he was a full-time assistant coach. In his six previous seasons with MSU, Gregory helped the Spartans to four appearances in the NCAA Tournament along with a pair of berths in the NIT.
In 1996, Gregory left Michigan State to serve as an assistant coach on Stan Joplin?s staff at Toledo. After eight months at Toledo, Gregory joined head coach Kevin O?Neill at Northwestern, serving as the Wildcats? top recruiter. During the 1998-99 season, Northwestern posted a record of 15-14, marking the first winning campaign for the school since 1993-94. The winning record also earned the team a berth in the NIT, the Wildcats? first postseason appearance since 1993-94.
Gregory helped Northwestern land a talented 1999-2000 recruiting class that was ranked among the nation?s best by analyst Bob Gibbons. In addition, Gregory was recognized by Basketball News as one of the nation?s top assistant coaches in terms of recruiting.
A native of Mt. Prospect, Ill., Gregory began his playing career at the United States Naval Academy. He was a teammate of David Robinson on the 1986 Navy squad that advanced to the Elite Eight with a 30-5 record.
After a year at Navy, Gregory transferred to Oakland University (Rochester, Mich.), where he earned honorable mention All-America honors and was a three time All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection. He finished his career as the Grizzlies? all-time leader in assists (906), leading the conference for three straight years. During his junior campaign, Gregory finished second in the nation in assists (10.7).
A third-team Academic All-American, Gregory earned a bachelor?s degree in education from Oakland in 1990 and was awarded a NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. In 1992, he received his master of arts in athletic administration at Michigan State.
Gregory?s family includes his wife, Yvette, and 1-year old daughter Isabella.