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Greg Gary is in his third season an assistant coach at Purdue, having joined the staff in May 2011. His on-court focus centers on the development of the Boilermakers' post players.
The Anderson, Ind., native is a 20-year veteran of the college coaching ranks, including two seasons as a head coach. He has made nine postseason appearances as a college assistant, reaching the NCAA Tournament three times.
Gary's first season in West Lafayette was a successful one, as he helped guide the Boilers to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth year in a row. Forward Robbie Hummel was named an honorable mention All-American and received first-team All-Big Ten recognition after leading Purdue in scoring, rebounds and blocked shots.
Hummel was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft, becoming the eighth player to be drafted by an NBA franchise or spend time on an NBA roster after receiving Gary's guidance.
In 2012-13, Gary oversaw an influx of youth in the Boilermaker frontcourt and helped guide center A.J. Hammons through one of the finest freshman seasons in program history.
Hammons earned Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors after finishing the season with averages of 10.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. He led the Big Ten with an average of 2.3 blocks per contest in league play, and wrapped up the campaign ranked second on Purdue's freshman charts in blocks (67), third in rebounds (204) and sixth in points (359).
Gary came to Purdue from two stints at Duquesne, where he spent the 2007-08 and 2010-11 seasons as an assistant coach, sandwiched around two seasons as head coach at Centenary. Gary resigned from his post at Centenary after the school announced in July 2009 that it would seek reclassification as an NCAA Division III member.
A program that had won a total of 10 Summit League games in the four years prior to Gary's arrival, Centenary posted nine league wins in his two seasons at the helm.
Prior to arriving at Duquesne, Gary spent three seasons (2004-05 through 2006-07) as an assistant coach at South Florida, helping the Bulls transition from Conference USA to the Big East. While in Tampa, Gary worked with big man Solomon Jones, who was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in 2006 and has played parts of seven seasons in the NBA.
Gary served as an assistant coach under Perry Clark at Miami from 2000-04, helping lead the Hurricanes to the NIT in 2001 and the NCAA Tournament in 2002. During his tenure at Miami, Gary aided in the development of current NBA players James Jones and John Salmons, as well as former NBA player Robert Hite. He also served as the `Canes academic coordinator.
Gary spent six of his first seven years in the coaching industry at Tulane, helping guide his alma mater the NCAA Tournament in 1995 and the NIT on four occasions. In his second stint with the Green Wave, he also served as the team's recruiting coordinator and oversaw the players' academic responsibilities.
At Tulane, Gary coached three players - Jerald Honeycutt, Linton Johnson and Chris Owens - who spent time on NBA rosters.
Gary served as an assistant coach at McNeese State for the 1997-98 campaign.
After graduating from Anderson Highland High School in 1988 and spending a year at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., Gary transferred to Tulane. He was a vital component in the revitalization of a program that was dropped in 1985 and reinstated in 1988, leading the Green Wave to the 1992 NCAA Tournament as a senior.
Despite playing only three seasons in New Orleans, Gary finished his career as Tulane's all-time leader in assists.
Gary earned a B.S. in sport management from Tulane in 1992. He and his wife, Claudia, have four daughters, Gabrielle, Logan, Alexandra and Brooklyn.
The Gary File Date of Birth: Feb. 14, 1970 Hometown: Anderson, Ind. Education: Tulane '92 (B.S.) Wife: Claudia Children: Gabrielle, Logan, Alexandra and Brooklyn
Aquinas College - 1988-89
Tulane - 1989-92