April 15, 2011
ATLANTA – An 11-year veteran on the Division I level as a coach and administrator, including three years in the Atlantic Coast Conference at Clemson, Josh Postorino has joined Brian Gregory’s Georgia Tech basketball staff as an assistant coach, Gregory announced Friday.
“I’ve known Josh for almost his entire coaching career, and I’ve been impressed with the job he did at Clemson in the ACC, helping them become a perennial top 25 program,” said Gregory. “He’s a tireless worker in recruiting, and he has excellent teaching skills. He has a great passion for the profession and for helping young men reach their potential. He’s recruited the state of Georgia and in the footprint of the ACC, and has great knowledge of what needs to be done at this level.”
Postorino, 34, comes to Tech following one season as the director of basketball operations under Oliver Purnell at DePaul. He has spent eight of his 11 years in college basketball as an assistant coach, and seven years working in programs directed by Purnell.
“I’m honored and excited to join Coach Gregory’s staff at Georgia Tech,” said Postorino. “Georgia Tech is one of the top institutions in the country academically and athletically. This is a great opportunity to come back to the South and back to the ACC, which I’m very familiar with, and I look forward to helping bring Tech back to the top.”
Postorino joined Purnell’s original Clemson staff before taking an assistant coach position at Marshall in 2003. He coached at Marshall for four seasons before returning to Purnell’s staff at Clemson as director of basketball operations in 2007.
After serving as Clemson’s director of operations for the 2007-08 season, he was promoted to an assistant coach position in the summer of 2008. As an assistant coach over Purnell’s last two seasons at Clemson, he helped the Tigers compile a 44-20 record with two NCAA Tournament appearances.
In his three seasons at Clemson, the Tigers made three NCAA Tournament appearances with three straight 20-win campaigns. Additionally, he also played a major role in the signing of a top 15 recruiting class for 2009-10. The Tigers finished two of the three seasons ranked in the top 25 and posted a 74-47 win over third-ranked Duke on Feb. 4, 2009. That victory was the program’s largest margin of victory ever against a ranked opponent.
The Clearwater, Fla., native was the first player signed by Purnell at Dayton. He lettered all four seasons (1995-99), but his playing career was cut short due to medical complications. He played in 75 career games with the Flyers and graduated from Dayton with a marketing degree in 1999.
He began his career as the director of operations at Dayton in 2000 before moving into a full-time assistant coaching spot under Purnell for his final two years with the Flyers. In his three years as a full-time staff member, he helped Dayton to an overall record of 66-30 (.688) and three postseason appearances. He helped the Flyers to a 24-6 overall record in 2002-03 and No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Postorino is a member of the Villa 7 consortium, which is an annual event that brings together directors of athletics and a selected number of assistant basketball coaches from around the country to share ideas and positively affect college basketball.
Postorino and his wife Jennifer have a 3-year-old son, Brody.