Our series highlighting one assistant coach from each team whose position group will be in the spotlight this fall continues with Georgia Tech:
Coach: Brian Bohannon
Experience: Bohannon is entering his fourth season at Georgia Tech and 15th season working with coach Paul Johnson. Before arriving at Georgia Tech, Bohannon spent six years as wide receivers coach at Navy. Bohannon coached the wide receivers for three seasons (1997-99) at Georgia Southern before taking over the defensive backs his last two years (2000-01).
Of note: Bohannon played wide receiver for four seasons at Georgia. He started his coaching career at West Georgia before earning his first full-time position at Gardner-Webb (N.C.) as wide receivers coach in 1996. Bohannon earned his bachelor's degree in general business from Georgia in 1993 and a master's in business education from West Georgia in 1996.
His challenge: Make the post-Nesbitt era a success. It took a year or two for former quarterback Joshua Nesbitt to fully grasp the execution of the spread-option offense, but Georgia Tech, which is coming off a losing season, doesn’t have much time for growing pains. The good news is that Tevin Washington got some starting experience last year at the expense of Nesbitt’s season-ending injury, but Washington struggled in the spring game and still has a lot to prove. There’s no question he’s the starter heading into fall camp, but Washington will face the most pressure from Synjyn Days. Washington was the Jackets’ most consistent quarterback this past spring, but if Georgia Tech’s unique offense is going to win games this year, the Jackets must have a smart, tough quarterback who takes care of the ball, and who can also take advantage of the few opportunities there are to pass and throw with efficiency. It’s up to Bohannon to coach ‘em up.