Georgia Tech wide receivers coach Buzz Preston has reportedly applied for the head coach opening at Hawaii, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Preston played at Hawaii and coached seven years with Tech coach Paul Johnson. A Star-Advertiser story said that 30 coaches had applied for the job as of Monday. The school reached a retirement agreement with former coach Greg McMackin after leading the Warriors to a 29-25 record over four seasons.
Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow, whom Tech will face in the Sun Bowl, is also reportedly a candidate, as is Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.
Preston has coached at Tech since 2008, part of Johnson’s original staff, and has developed receivers Demaryius Thomas, Stephen Hill and Tyler Melton. Thomas, whom Preston coached two seasons, was the first wide receiver taken in the 2010 NFL draft, 22nd to the Denver Broncos. It would be Preston’s first head coaching position after 32 season as an assistant.
Johnson has had one Tech assistant leave to take a head coaching position, Jeff Monken at Georgia Southern.