Julian Swartz worked for coach Josh Pastner at Memphis for four seasons and came with him to Georgia Tech when Pastner was hired in April 2016. (Danny Karnik/GTAA)
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Julian Swartz’s promotion to assistant made official

Georgia Tech officially elevated Julian Swartz to full-time assistant coach for the men’s basketball team on Tuesday, the first day of preseason practice.

Swartz had been an interim assistant since last November when then-assistant Darryl LaBarrie was placed on leave in the wake of an investigation into an NCAA rules violation before ultimately resigning. Coach Josh Pastner had made the decision to give Swartz the full-time job at least as far back as May, but paperwork and human-resource matters had delayed the completion of the promotion until only recently.

Swartz came to Tech in 2016 with Pastner from Memphis, where he had served a number of roles on Pastner’s staff, including interim assistant coach. This is his first full-time coaching job at the college level. In a statement, Pastner called Swartz “a high-energy individual and a great fit for Georgia Tech.”

“I am extremely grateful to Coach Pastner, whom I’ve had the pleasure working for the last six years, and our administration for this tremendous opportunity,” Swartz said in a statement. “There is simply no better place than Georgia Tech – Atlanta, academics and the ACC. I am honored and excited to invest all my energy and enthusiasm to the culture and standards of our program while pursuing championship excellence in all we do.”

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