Posted: 5:17 pm Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Brian Gregory takes ice bucket challenge 

By Ken Sugiura


Georgia Tech basketball coach Brian Gregory didn’t just take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a fund-raiser to benefit the fight against the insidious disease. With typical enthusiasm, Gregory was dumped with four buckets of ice water by his very willing players, posting a video to his Twitter account Saturday afternoon.

The challenge has sped around social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, creating awareness and donations for the ALS Association. In Gregory’s video, the coach accepted the challenge made by a Tech season ticket holder, paying homage to the mother of former Tech player and staff member Jon Babul, who is diagnosed with the disease. Gregory said he had also made a donation to the charity before getting water dumped on him by Yellow Jackets players Marcus Georges-Hunt, Abdoulaye Gueye, Charles Mitchell and Demarco Cox.

Gregory then challenged Tech women’s basketball coach MaChelle Joseph, Dayton women’s basketball coach Jim Jabir and Oakland University basketball coach Greg Kampe, who coached Gregory in college.


The more I learn about Gregory, the more I like him.  Here's hoping for a good season.



I agree, Ray.  He seems like a terrific guy, humble and extremely personable.  I just hope he can put together a few big wins this year.



I was not feeling good about our prospects this year after losing our entire front line to graduation/transfer, but Gregory, instead of bemoaning his misfortune, went out and worked hard to bring in some replacements who, while they may not match the individual talent level of the guys we lost, may well be better team players.  And let’s not forget Stephens and Sampson.

And I think that any team is fortunate to have a coach’s son, especially at point guard, and we have two!  I really love the back story of the Jorgenson family.  Apparently the whole family lives and breathes basketball – not only is his dad a coach, so is his mom.  And they were both standout basketball players in their day, as were his sisters.  (Here’s a story I found about them from 2007: )

So while I would be surprised if we were to make the NCAAs, I am looking forward to good team play and competitive games.