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Centenary head coach Greg Gary coming back to Duquesne as assistant

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By Colin Dunlap | 4:50 p.m. Thursday

Greg Gary has announced his resignation as the head basketball coach at Centenary after two seasons, effective immediately and will be hired at Duquesne as an assistant coach pending standing hiring approval procedures.

Gary will fill the void left by the departure of Bill Barton, who left for Marshall last month.

Gary recently completed his second season at the helm of the Gents basketball program where he gained much appreciation for his competitiveness and strength of schedule. He guided Centenary to a 16-44 record in two seasons and notched wins over top Summit League contenders, Oakland and IUPUI, while defeating in-state rivals, Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana-Lafayette.

Under the guidance of Gary, shooting guards David Perez and Daman Starring were recognized among the state's top players after this season as Perez earned Third Team All-LSWA and Starring was named "Freshman of the Year" by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

His team made a strong showing in the 2009 Summit League tournament, dropping a six-point contest to North Dakota State, who finished the year as the tournament champions. In that year, Gary coached former Gents guard, Chase Adams, to a Summit League Defensive Player of the Year recognition and continually coached a team that ranked top in the league in steals and three-point shooting.

Gary will return to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. as an assistant, a post he held prior to being named the Gents head coach in April of 2008.

"Being the head coach of the Gents was a wonderful opportunity and an outstanding experience. My family and I have really enjoyed our time at Centenary and in Shreveport. We appreciate what the people have done for us," said Gary.

"It was a pleasure to work with Greg for two seasons. He did a fantastic job for us. I know everyone at Centenary wishes him and his lovely family the absolute best," said Director of Athletics, Dr. Tom Tallach.

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