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Mercer strikes deal with new head basketball coach

Reports were circulating Tuesday evening that former Centenary basketball coach Greg Gary has been hired as Bob Hoffman’s replacement at Mercer.
Reports were circulating Tuesday evening that former Centenary basketball coach Greg Gary has been hired as Bob Hoffman’s replacement at Mercer. ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Mercer Bears have close to finalized a deal with Purdue assistant coach Greg Gary, according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman. The Tulane graduate has been an assistant coach with the Boilermakers since 2011.

“This is such an incredible opportunity and I am both grateful and honored to have been selected as the head men’s basketball coach at Mercer University,” Gary said in a release. “My family and I could not be more thrilled to have joined the Mercer basketball family and we look forward to joining the Macon community.”

Before that, Gary served as the head coach at Centenary College of Louisiana where he went 16-44 during his two seasons with the school. It is the only head coaching job Gary has held, but he previously served as an assistant at various programs like Tulane, Miami and South Florida.

The Bears are coming off an 11-20 season and a loss to Furman in the Southern Conference tournament. Mercer fired head coach Bob Hoffman on March 11. Hoffman was 209-165 in his 11 years as the Bears head coach.

Purdue is set to take on Tennessee in the Sweet 16 on Thursday. It is unclear if Gary will be on the sidelines for that game.

Mercer released a statement late Tuesday confirming the hire.

“When we set out to look for a new head coach, we recognized Greg early in the process as someone we were confident in leading our men’s basketball program,” Mercer Athletic Director Jim Cole said. “Greg not only stood out for his proven background and style of play, but for the role he has played as a mentor to student-athletes throughout his career as well as his commitment to growing them into leaders off the court. We’re so happy for Greg, his wife, Claudia, and his children — Gabrielle, Logan, Alexandra, Brooklyn and Nash — to be joining our Mercer Family.”

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