Emory Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jason Zimmerman has announced that former Eagle Gebereal Baitey has joined the staff as assistant coach. Baitey replaces Kevin Sullivan who took a job in the private sector.
Baitey competed for Emory from 2015-16 through 2018-19, appearing in 105 games and drawing 54 starting assignments. When he wrapped up his collegiate career, he ranked 11th on the Emory all-time chart with 191 assists and was 17th with 113 steals. The owner of 37 career double-figure scoring performances, his total of 2,188 minutes placed him 16th in school history.
As a senior, he started all 26 Emory contests and averaged a team-high 29.5 minutes per outing. He stood 24th among University Athletic Association players in overall scoring average (9.8 ppg) and was eighth on the conference chart with an average of 1.2 steals per game. The previous campaign he helped the squad to an overall record of 23-5 and a spot in the NCAA D-III Tournament Round of 16, starting all 28 games and finishing among the top 20 in the UAA in scoring average (11.0 ppg). In addition,he doled out an average of 2.8 assists per game, 12th among league leaders, and led the Eagles in steals (43).
During his tenure with the program, Emory basketball won 82 games, made four NCAA Tournament appearances and captured two UAA titles.
“We are excited to bring Gebereal back to Atlanta and back into Emory Basketball,” Zimmerman said. “”G”had a tremendous impact on our program and community as a student-athlete and we look forward to his spirit and commitment returning to our locker room and on the campus. His passion for Emory and first-hand knowledge of what it is to be a successful student-athlete and champion will be a great resource for current and future Eagles. Welcome back Coach G!”
As a senior he was awarded the Emory Athletic Department’s Partin Award, symbolic to an individual who embodies the spirit of an Emory Eagle and shows profound loyalty through their engagement and visibility. He was also recognized as a 2019 Emory 100 Senior Honorary, awarded to the most 100 outstanding seniors in the undergraduate schools. Graduates of Oxford College, Emory College, Goizueta Business School, and the School of Nursing are represented in the 100 Senior Honorary. The students selected have made a significant impact on the Emory Community through academics, athletics, leadership, volunteerism, or even through personal relationships such as mentoring or helping other students.
A native of Morristown, New Jersey, Gebereal earned his undergraduate degree from Emory in Sociology and African American Studies in May of 2019. He then began his master’s program in Childhood, Youth and Social Policy while continuing to play basketball in the United Kingdom at Loughborough University. In February of 2020, he then ventured to Australia and competed in the NBL1 before seeing that season cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic the following month. Shortly after, he returned to his hometown where he worked at his old high school teaching Spanish and coaching football and basketball.