Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich has declined requests to discuss his ongoing search for a men’s basketball coach. However, he did pen this in The Good Word, the weekly letter to Tech supporters that came out today:
Men’s Basketball Coaching Search
March Madness this year has a somewhat different connotation around the Georgia Tech athletic offices this week. I am able to surface briefly from the throes of our ongoing search for the new head basketball coach to share a few thoughts for this edition of The Good Word.
First, I appreciate, as always, all of the input I have received from our fans and supporters. I feel really good about the progress we have made in the search process. As expected, it has been elongated somewhat because some of the coaches we are interested in have teams playing deep into the post season.
While there are no guarantees in this difficult world of coaching searches, I still feel strongly that we might be able to have a new coach selected before next weekend’s Final Four in Houston. I have been gratified by the significant interest in Georgia Tech basketball from across the country. I believe we are positioned to make a great hire and see a resurgence in our program.
We all understand that we have some work to do to rebuild the confidence of our fan base. On the other hand, we have the nucleus of a pretty good basketball team for next year if everything remains constant. It should be a veteran bunch with guys who have been around the block a few times in the ACC. Add to that a couple of very talented signees in Julian Royal and Ray Parks, the enthusiasm of a new coach and I think you’d have to say the program is poised for a comeback.
I believe the program will get healthy again very quickly. I am getting the sense from my communication that a lot of the fans who have taken a hiatus from the program are ready to come back. I think the anticipation of a new coaching staff and the move to a new arena in 2012 will infuse the energy and excitement we are all looking for.
The basketball coaching job at Georgia Tech is incredibly high profile by nature. The right coach with a successful track record and the right energy, enthusiasm and message will certainly energize our fan base even before he ever coaches a game.
– Doug Roberson, AJC