Georgia Tech hires N. Illinois' Bond to run offense

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey said Friday he has
hired John Bond, the offensive coordinator at Northern Illinois
University, to head the Yellow Jackets' offense.

Gailey said Bond will call the offensive plays and will also
coach Georgia Tech's quarterbacks.

The 2006 season was the first year Gailey allowed former
offensive coordinator Patrick Nix to call the offensive plays. Nix
was named the University of Miami's offensive coordinator on Jan.

At Northern Illinois, Bond coached the NCAA's 2006 rushing
leader, running back Garrett Wolfe. Wolfe ranked second in the
nation in rushing as a junior and fifth as a sophomore, with Bond
as offensive coordinator.

Before his three years at Northern Illinois, Bond was offensive
coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Army for four seasons
(2000-04). At Army, Bond's offense broke 35 school records.

"John's success with both the running game and the passing game
sets him apart," Gailey said. "The last three years at Northern
Illinois, he put together one of the best rushing attacks in the
nation, but before that at Army, they threw the ball all over the

"His experience at Army also shows that he can recruit the type
of student-athletes that we recruit at Georgia Tech."

Gailey said he interviewed three candidates and talked with

"John was clearly the best fit for our situation," Gailey

Bond, 44, helped lead Northern Illinois to three winning
seasons, including a 9-3 mark in 2004, and two bowl games.

Bond began his coaching career with three years as a student
assistant and graduate assistant at his alma mater, Arkansas, where
he worked under Lou Holtz and Ken Hatfield.

His first full-time coaching position was at Southwest Missouri
State, where he was running backs coach and recruiting coordinator
from 1986-90. He also coached at Texas-El Paso, Delta State and
Illinois State.

In 1999, Illinois State reached the I-AA national semifinals,
and Bond was a finalist for the American Football Coaches
Association's assistant coach of the year award.

Bond is a native of Rogers, Ark., where he was an all-state
quarterback while playing for his father, Gary Bond, at Rogers