College Basketball

Mark Price wishes Georgia Tech well, says he’s committed to Charlotte 49ers

Mark Price’s Charlotte 49ers were 14-19 in his first season as coach.
Mark Price’s Charlotte 49ers were 14-19 in his first season as coach.

Mark Price defused any speculation about his immediate future Saturday, wishing Georgia Tech luck in its coaching search and saying he was committed to his current team, the Charlotte 49ers.

“I wish my alma mater Georgia Tech well in its search for a new head coach,” Price said in a statement. “I am committed to the Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball program. I am excited and very encouraged by the progress that we made this past season. We are very appreciative of the great support that our program has received from the university, the athletic department, the community, and the fans of Niner Nation.

“I am excited about the players that we have returning to our team and the progress that they made this past season. I am also excited about the players that we are adding to our team and what they will provide for our program moving forward. I feel that the future is bright as we continue to build something special here at Charlotte.”

Georgia Tech recently fired coach Brian Gregory, who was 76-86 (27-61 in the ACC) in five seasons with the Yellow Jackets. 49ers athletics director Judy Rose told the Observer that she was never contacted by Georgia Tech to speak with Price.

“I appreciated Mark’s commitment to the 49ers,” Rose said.

Last season – Price’s first as a collegiate head coach -- the 49ers were 14-19 (9-9 Conference USA) with a team composed primarily of freshmen and transfers.