Tech hires Speed to fill coaching staff — updated at 1:10

Georgia Tech filled out its football coaching staff with the hiring on Joe Speed today. He will coach inside linebackers.

Speed has spent the past four seasons at Navy, where he coached the secondary. Overall, Speed has spent eight seasons as a coach in Annapolis, which was broken up by a two-year stint as football coach and athletics director at the Naval Prep Academy in Newport, R.I. Speed graduated from Annapolis in 1996, and joined the Marines as a commissioned Second Lieutenant. Speed played safety at Navy for four seasons, with 260 tackles and five interceptions.

The linebackers job opened when Brian Jean-Mary accepted a position at Louisville.

“Joe worked six years with me at Navy and I saw first-hand what a good football coach he is,” Tech coach Paul Johnson said in a statement. “He will do a great job for us, on the field and off, and he will be a great representative of Georgia Tech.”

Speed joins defensive coordinator Al Groh, defensive line coach Andy McCollum and A-backs coach Lamar Owens as new assistant coaches on the staff of the defending ACC champs.

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gooberdawg

February 13th, 2010
1:07 pm

JJacket

February 13th, 2010
1:22 pm

Our LB’s better be ready to kick it up a notch. Joe Speed doesn’t kid around.

Mableton

February 13th, 2010
1:28 pm

Let’s hope he can Speed the LB’s to stop the run!

Concerned

February 13th, 2010
1:29 pm

I hope all of these coaching changes end up making the defense better. Not saying they could have gotten much worse from last season, but what does it do to a group of kids that want to step up and fill big shoes when they are now playing for a different set of leaders and have to learn a completely different system? Hopefully, they stay humble, work hard, learn, and get fired up to play anyone and everyone on the roster…that’s the attitude that CPJ tries to instill, so let’s see if the defense can out-work the offense this year.

Bill the Goat

February 13th, 2010
1:29 pm

Welcome to Tech Coach Speed. You will be a great addition to our Staff.

chris o bomb

February 13th, 2010
1:31 pm

we’ve always had generations of nfl linebackers at Tech from Swilling to Cox to Brooking to Smith and so on…
the tradition now continues.
thwg

GT GRAD

February 13th, 2010
1:33 pm

I am very impressed with the coaching staff D Rad & Coach PJ have put together at GT!

This group of coaches will develop our young men into better players and I feel certain each player will also be better as a person after spending several years learning about both football and life from these coaches. I am sure having so many high character men on staff will also help recruiting. What parent would not want their child to spend quality time with so many great role models while also obtaining a well respected college degree??

I have said it before and I will most definitely say it again……..the future is VERY bright at GT!

collegeballfan

February 13th, 2010
1:33 pm

The Navy DBs he coached were small, slow and hit like a hammer. Ask Notre Dame. The Tech LBs are big, quick and had better learn to hit like a hammer or they will be out of a job.

This guy coached circles around Weiss at ND.

Sorry, the ND games were the only Navy games I watched last 2 years.

Jackets Keep Rollin

February 13th, 2010
1:41 pm

Welcome Coach Speed! PJ did a great job filling our staff needs. Go Jackets!

GA Tech Insider

February 13th, 2010
1:46 pm

For those who weren’t aware; Navy played the 3-4 base defense, so Coach Speed is already familiar with what he’s coming into and he’ll be ready to get to work quickly with the players. He’s also going to bring a great addition to the mix to the coaching ranks of a younger coach these kids are going to get excited about. He’ll also be great on the recruiting trail. GREAT HIRE.

BIG BEE

February 13th, 2010
1:50 pm

WHAT???? no UGA fans crashing Coach Speed!!!! GUESS THEY WERE NOT FAST ENOUGH. Pardon the pun!!!

G

February 13th, 2010
1:52 pm

Buzzzed

February 13th, 2010
1:56 pm

The coaching staff is complete correct? Looking forward to seeing the results in Spring.

Suzy L.

February 13th, 2010
1:57 pm

It’s kind of hard to follow what a GT fan considers “great” on the recruiting trail when looking at Tech’s last 3 recruiting classes. The bar seems set really low.

Shane

February 13th, 2010
2:04 pm

GTChris

February 13th, 2010
2:06 pm

Dunno about this guy. If he was really a good coach, why didn’t Paul bring him down when he first got the GT job? Nice spin job, but I’m not sure I buy it.

"Sideways" the Dog

February 13th, 2010
2:06 pm

1917,1928,1952,1990 > 1980

Shane

February 13th, 2010
2:10 pm

1917 LOL Isnt that the year the Titanic sunk? LOL

GIVE ME A BREAK

February 13th, 2010
2:12 pm

CPJ is bringing in some great coaches. I think CPJ is stepping it up a notch. I’m ready for some football. GO JACKETS!!!!

James

February 13th, 2010
2:13 pm

his name is Joe Speed lol

What do UG and GT fans have in common?

February 13th, 2010
2:19 pm

They both love talking GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKET INSIDE LINEBACKERS COACH JOE SPEED on a Saturday afternoon.

robert

February 13th, 2010
2:19 pm

we going get speed next geoga frat boz to be bought by the big orange money from our mountain boosters ha ha cant stop watch uance cant sea

George P. Burdell

February 13th, 2010
2:19 pm

He must be real smart because you cannot teach Speed!

joemoma

February 13th, 2010
2:20 pm

1942@1980 almost 1981 techey punks

Suzy L.

February 13th, 2010
2:23 pm

How many AP consensus titles has GT won? Can you tell me? I can’t find any. Did they have face masks on the helmets by 1952?

NYJacket

February 13th, 2010
2:25 pm

Based upon the defense that Navy put of the field the last couple of years, this guy should help. Navy generally had smaller players but those kids really hit hard and they rarely fell off of tackles.

NOVAJacket

February 13th, 2010
2:25 pm

GTChris, Our three best recruiters were on the D side of the ball and the roster was set up to run a 4-3 defense. Situation has changed and he has tweaked the staff to make sure hes has the right blend of young and old. Speed is known as an up and comer who is bot technically sound and a good recruiter.

Lee

February 13th, 2010
2:26 pm

Noting one prior comment, I continue wonder why intelligent people cannot respond without getting vulgar or profane. Please!

short bus dawg

February 13th, 2010
2:28 pm

Suzy L. pull my finger you little tramp.

dentaldawg

February 13th, 2010
2:28 pm

1917 1928 1952 and 1990 is that what you really wanna hang your hat on? LOL that is hilarious! You backed into a CO-national champ in 1990 and didnt even play in a major bowl, now THAT is hilarious. The truth remains, 30 – 24 and that one hurts baaaaaaaaaaad doesnt it losers? You have been to the ACC champ game twice in the past 10 years and we spanked your arse before each game! Now THAT is hilarious. Ohhhh the pain! Coach CPJ and his turkey neck can’t help ya losers, you are our BIOTCH!

Cuttysark

February 13th, 2010
2:28 pm

It looks like the staff is now in place and ready to get going on spring football. Just need a new strength and condition coach to finish it off.

For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

Fair Play For All

February 13th, 2010
2:31 pm

Where is the AJC article on how much money Joe Speed will be paid for Tech?

I can’t help but notice that the AJC writes a story on how much each new coaching hire UGA makes. The folks at Tech want equal coverage in the sports section for their program.

So come on AJC. Let’s see the story on how much the last two coaches hired by Tech since they got their DC will make. Or do you only do that to UGA because the AJC is a Tech Tool?

Porty

February 13th, 2010
2:33 pm

Let’s see dentaldog, you are making fun of 4 titles and UGa has 1. You wanna hang your hat on that? I knew you guys were stupid, but this really takes the cake.

mowreck

February 13th, 2010
2:36 pm

The one thing I noticed about Navy this year was their CBs and LBs play. Very tough. I was especially impressed with the DBs. They knew how to tackle and hit hard. We have some great CBs coming in. Welcome to the staff coach.

John Smith

February 13th, 2010
2:41 pm

A great person will respect his enemies, not taunt them. These taunts will come back and bite you at a most unopportune time.

Spee D

February 13th, 2010
2:46 pm

pun intended

Dan

February 13th, 2010
2:46 pm

Suzy L. you have to remember that these GT fans think a #13 finish qualifies as great. They lose 2 of their last 3 and you’d think they won the NC. GT football has been lost in the wilderness for the last 50 years but they see themselves as relevant. They hire a HC that has made it a point to set himself up as the big fish in the smallest pond his entire career and when Auburn came calling wasn’t man enough to take himself and his TO to the big stage. The entire GT football program is 2nd tier and always will be. At GT mediocrity = great. You have to remember that Suzy. When they pull out those leather helmet era Farmer’s Almanac, Redbook, and Women’s Garden Club NCs you know how pitiful their program is. If those titles meant anything Princeton and Yale would be the 2 greatest programs to ever lace a pair of cleats. It’s Tech Suzy. They have the most massive case of little man syndrome ever recorded and it leads them to say some very stupid things in order to overcome that self loathing issue they have from being unfortunate enough to be Tech fans. How would you feel Suzy? Every year you choke and collapse at seasons end. And once again the disappointment wraps itself around you like a cold wet blanket. Every year it’s like the inevitable setting of the sun in the west. Same old Tech…same old $hit. Tech fans have it tough Suzy. Show some compassion.

JJacket

February 13th, 2010
2:47 pm

“1942@1980 almost 1981 techey punks”

I fogot you “revisionist” added one. You didn’t win ‘42.

Funny how you mutts like to forget the victories GT had against you during WW2, but WANT to count a NC in 42 that you didn’t win.

UGAg fans re pathetic.

Porty Potty

February 13th, 2010
2:54 pm

Umm Porty, you are the one looking the fool on the UGA blog, moron!

Lets see…1)he played secondary in college 2) he coached secondary at Navy = 3) he wil know be the ILB coach…….add that up for me Techies. Ha ha ha ha ha…

Porty Potty

February 13th, 2010
2:55 pm

3) he wil know be the ILB coach = 3) he will now be the ILB coach

Dan

February 13th, 2010
2:56 pm

John Smith

February 13th, 2010
2:41 pm

A great person will respect his enemies, not taunt them. These taunts will come back and bite you at a most unopportune time.

You are spot on John. Paul Johnson learned that the hard way this year in that 30-24 thing. #7 lost to # nothing. You should send that little bit of wisdom to Paul Johnson. He nor his team are good enough to taunt anybody.

SOOHSO

February 13th, 2010
2:57 pm

Devildog

February 13th, 2010
2:57 pm

He’s a Marine, a Devildog. Enuff said.

GT football Fan

February 13th, 2010
3:03 pm

Have you fans noticed what Coach Johnson has done.That Chan coaching staff in gone. With the hires of the new coaches. He made a good transfer of the old coaching staff. I believe Coach Johnson showed good transition in three years

Shreveport Sam

February 13th, 2010
3:04 pm

Dan, the fact that you keep spouting off belies the truth – you’re obsessed with us. I do agree with you on this – y’all were, and are, #nothing……

Jackets Rule

February 13th, 2010
3:04 pm

FULL SPEED ahead, LT Speed. Torpedo all enemy adversaries and the destruction of any dawg is a PETA-approved activity.

Morgan Burnett

February 13th, 2010
3:08 pm

Great, NOW we have speed – I could have used some when I was chasing an UNTOUCHED Caleb King on his 75-yard TD run en route to a 30-24 Dawgs victory.

Oh well, we had bigger fish to fry.

Kevin

February 13th, 2010
3:09 pm

Go figure, the Georgia tech blog guy is a complete nerd. Coincidence? I think not haha

Dan

February 13th, 2010
3:12 pm

Funny how # nothing took your “great” team to the woodshed and had your “great” coach heaving and hoping like football’s version of Barney Fife at the end of the game with # nothing. Of course none of that registers on you “great” fans that attend every game disguised as an empty seat. Are those invisible hot dogs and invisible cokes any good?

Louie Jr.

February 13th, 2010
3:14 pm

Navy Secondary coach = GT Linebacker coach…….Ah, man ya can’t write a better comedy script. Too funny! Woo Hoooooooo.