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Bay hires Gregory as next women’s basketball coach

Matt Gregory

ESCANABA — After serving as the interim coach for the final five games of the 2019-20 season, Matt Gregory has officially been hired as Bay College’s next women’s basketball coach. Athletic director Matt Johnson announced the move Friday.

Gregory, who served as an assistant coach for the men’s program the past three seasons and for the women’s program last season, went 3-2 in his interim role after the dismissal of former coach Rob Robinson.

Gregory’s time with Bay College, including his leadership during the difficult transition of a late season coaching change, assured Johnson that he was right for the job.

“I am proud to announce Matt Gregory as our next head women’s basketball coach,” Johnson said in a Bay College press release. “Coach Gregory has shown a great commitment to our student-athletes and both basketball programs over the past three seasons. He has showcased all the traits needed to be successful at this level.

“His tireless work ethic, knowledge of the game, passion for helping student-athletes, recruiting experience across the U.P., and his commitment and dedication to Bay College made this choice an easy one. I look forward to watching coach Gregory continue to build off the foundation and success of the past three seasons. Our women’s basketball program is in great hands. It’s a great day to be a Norse!”

Gregory takes over for a program that went 17-11 last season. He is the third coach in the program’s young history, which has a 52-30 record in three seasons.

“I can’t express how excited I am to have this opportunity,” Gregory said. “I want to thank President Laura Coleman and Athletic Director Matt Johnson for the trust and confidence to lead the future Norse.

“I was blessed to get to work with the previous team and am happy to work with the returners again in this type of role. My goal is to keep building off of a tradition that was placed three years ago, while adding a culture that the players, students, college, and community can continue to support for years to come.”

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