Former Oakland standout takes another step
“We knew he was that special point guard that ran the show, knew everything,” Kampe said. “He wanted to coach very badly,” and that’s the reason he left Navy.
Gregory, Oakland’s all-time assists leader, took a job as a graduate assistant with Jud Heathcote’s staff at Michigan State a year after graduating from Oakland. He later returned to the Spartans as assistant under Izzo. He once told Oakland University magazine he has taken on traits of all his previous mentors.
“He has a similar personality to (Tom) Izzo or myself,” Kampe said. “He is a guy that will get after it while he’s coaching.”
Gregory was a three-time all-conference selection while playing for Oakland University, graduating in 1990.
The 44-year-old Gregory had coached at Dayton for eight seasons, posting a record of 172-94. He guided the Flyers to a pair of NCAA appearances, reaching the second round in 2009 with an upset of West Virginia.
The Flyers had only one losing season in Gregory’s tenure.