In the midst of an NIT run, first-year Yellow Jackets coach Josh Pastner has picked up another postseason coach of the year award.
As the Georgia Tech basketball team awaits its opponent in the National Invitation Tournament Semifinal in New York City, head coach Josh Pastner was named District 2 Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Earlier this month, Pastner was named Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year in recognition of his efforts in the first year of a rebuild in Atlanta, and on Thursday his peers took notice as well.
— GT Men's Basketball (@GTMBB) March 22, 2017
In 2016-17, Georgia Tech set an all-time program record with 17 home wins, upset three top-15 ACC teams, and are heading to Madison Square Garden to play in the NIT Semifinals next Tuesday. All of this during a season when even Pastner doubted early that his team would win a conference game.
A season that started in an exhibition game where the Jackets needed overtime to beat NCAA Division II Shorter University ended up with Ben Lammers as ACC Defender of the Year, and Josh Okogie a member of the conference All-Freshman team.
Tech was projected to finish dead last in the ACC, and instead earned an 8-10 conference record, which was good enough for 11th place and an NIT 6th seed. The Yellow Jackets were considered a solid NCAA Tournament bubble team through the end of February, but late losses dashed those hopes.
Georgia Tech will face Wednesday night’s winner of CSU Bakersfield-UT Arlington quarterfinal game to play in the NIT Semifinals next Tuesday for the first time since 1971.