After guiding Memphis to five post-season berths in seven seasons as the Tigers’ head coach, Josh Pastner became Georgia Tech’s 14th head basketball coach on April 8, 2016.
Implementing a high-energy style of play and creative offensive and defensive schemes, and building the Jackets’ talent base for the future, Pastner has tirelessly promoted the program on campus and throughout the city of Atlanta in an effort to re-create the major homecourt atmosphere that surrounded the Yellow Jackets throughout the 1980s, 1990s and into the middle of the 2000s. The result has been numerous wins, high excitement and 12 sellouts in three seasons at McCamish Pavilion. Read More
Julian SwartzAssistant Coach
A 16-year coaching veteran, including 10 years on the NCAA Division I level, Julian Swartz was named an assistant coach on Josh Pastner’s staff in August of 2018.
Swartz is responsible for on-court development of Tech players and will focus his efforts on the Yellow Jackets’ defensive schemes as well as handle recruiting responsibilities. He helped guide Tech’s defense to a national ranking of No. 37 in efficiency in 2018-19, according to KenPom.com, and the Yellow Jackets also ranked among the top 15 in effective field goal percentage and three-point defense.
Anthony Wilkins, an Atlanta native who spent the past five seasons on the coaching staff at Tulane University, joined Georgia Tech’s basketball staff in June of 2018.
Wilkins served as an assistant coach for four seasons at Tulane under two head coaches — Ed Conroy and Mike Dunleavy – after serving as director of basketball operations during his first year with the Green Wave. At Tulane, Wilkins handled game strategy and scout prep responsibilities along with player development and recruiting duties. He also had six years of professional playing experience prior to entering the coaching world.
B.J. Elder, a standout member of the Yellow Jackets’ 2004 NCAA runner-up team, joined the men’s basketball staff in July of 2019 as associate director of player personnel.
A veteran of 10 years in European professional basketball following his stellar Tech career, Elder, 36, came to Tech following three seasons as assistant boys’ basketball coach at Clarkston High School. He serves as the basketball staff’s liaison with academic services, campus housing and dining, media and marketing, as well as spearhead outreach to former Tech players.