It took the better part of a month, but head coach Josh Pastner has finally hired his first assistant coach in the form of Georgia State assistant Darryl LaBarrie.
Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner has hired georgia state assistant Darryl LaBarrie, source told ESPN.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 3, 2016
LaBarrie, who is one of the best-regarded assistants in the Atlanta area, is hardly a stranger at Georgia Tech -- he played on The Flats and was an assistant coach under Paul Hewitt for two seasons. An excellent recruiter with deep roots in in the city, LaBarrie is credited with bringing in a wide array of talented players for Georgia State. Perhaps his biggest hit with the Panthers was shooting guard R.J. Hunter, currently of Boston Celtics, for whom he was the lead recruiter.
This is an excellent first move for coach Pastner. The new head man will need to supplement his knowledge of the Atlanta recruiting market during his first years, and a coach as experienced and talented as Darryl LaBarrie will be a huge help. It's a great all-around move.
Even with the hiring, Pastner still has two open spots on the Tech bench for a couple more assistants. It seems like a safe assumption that at least one of those two will be a well-regarded strategist, but who exactly steps in to fill the openings remains to be seen.
It isn't official quite yet, but even Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter has expressed his congratulations to LaBarrie on his return to Tech. Welcome back to The Flats, coach LaBarrie!