Tech asst. Preston on Hawaii job

Greetings-

Hope you’re well. I spoke with Georgia Tech assistant coach Buzz Preston about the opening at Hawaii. He said he was encouraged to apply, but that even if he hadn’t been, he would have applied anyway.

“That kind of situation, opportunity, opens itself, you definitely are going to try to get yourself involved with it,” he said.

He makes a pretty good case to be considered.

First, the school is dear to him. He played there, graduated from there, met his wife Audrey there, coached there and returns there almost annually with his three children.

He’s coached at nine different schools over a 32-year coaching career, largely on offense but also defense and special teams. It has given him exposure to a variety of offensive and defensive schemes.

He describes the offense that he would coach as “hybrid, that you can exploit running and passing the ball and doing some things that would have West Coast concepts, run and shoot concepts and a little bit of the spread of what we’re doing here.” He coached at Hawaii (1987-93) at a time when it was highly successful. He helped Hawaii win the school’s first WAC title in 1992, helped Washington State win the Pac-10 in 1997, helped Stanford win the Pac-10 in 1999 and helped Tech win the ACC in 2009. That’s a little different than, for example, helping Ohio State win the Big Ten.

“I feel like at this point in my life and in my career, I’m more than ready to lead a program because I’ve been a part of programs that have won and won big,” he said.

Obviously, it won’t help him that he’s only been an offensive coordinator for one season (he was special teams coordinator for three seasons at Notre Dame). It may help him that he knows Hawaii athletic director Jim Donovan (who played at Hawaii when Preston was a grad assistant) and others in the athletic department.

I can say this: Coaching wide receivers at Tech is probably not for everyone given how infrequently the Jackets pass. But Stephen Hill and Tyler Melton, as well as Demaryius Thomas before them, block hard and well, which is a credit to Preston, and generally take advantage of their opportunities. I can also say that Preston is demanding, but also personable and enthusiastic with a positive personality.

Simply from a numbers standpoint, the odds are against him, in that 30 coaches have applied for the job, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. But it seems like he’d be worth strong consideration.

“I just really feel like I can bring a lot, especially understanding Hawaii and how Hawaii is and enjoying being there,” he said. “It would be a dream job for me.”

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

158 comments Add your comment

Hayseed Dixie

December 15th, 2011
12:19 pm

Ken,

Do you know if CPJ or any current Tech staff was involved with the Showtime special about Army/Navy, ““A Game of Honor”?

Ken Sugiura

December 15th, 2011
12:50 pm

i don’t. i’ll have to remember to ask.

Nom Nom Nom Chuck's Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

December 15th, 2011
1:07 pm

Good luck to the dude, sounds like his dream job.

TC Tech

December 15th, 2011
1:19 pm

I am off to have my brown eye bleached…..

912

December 15th, 2011
1:29 pm

Ken:

Be sure the to do a blog referencing ALL the GATECH athletes that have just recently graduated.

Tech released that info this week.

Havent seen a post by you yet on that topic.

GTville

December 15th, 2011
1:39 pm

I think it says a lot of a program when the coaches are chosen for step up positions at other schools. Sounds like he is ready for the opportunity and has loyalty to the school. Good luck to Buzz.

Cole Massingill

December 15th, 2011
2:17 pm

juvenal

December 15th, 2011
2:35 pm

wish he’d teach CPJ how to add parts of this “O” to our not always so perfect option, whether before he goes , or if he stays…..

juvenal

December 15th, 2011
2:39 pm

Ken-the Emory folks are country club-not much old money in our crowd, unless Tech grad ancestors made it…….sometimes Johnson is as flexible on offense as a gorrilla biscuit…..

Buzz is...

December 15th, 2011
2:48 pm

…in a word, too old (oops, that’s two words). Plus, he is too old (only CPJ and Kansas hire old farts), though Buzz is not too old to coach, just too old to be considered for the head job – as is Norm Chow…

Buzzed

December 15th, 2011
2:52 pm

And if you publish the names of the few grads, please add their majors/degrees. I want all to see that the players live up to the “heck of an engineer” tradition.

Buzzed

December 15th, 2011
2:53 pm

After all, they took calculus.

juvenal

December 15th, 2011
2:55 pm

all younger than newt..so, Ken, Emory kind of like U of Chicago,we’re more like Purdue, SEC other than Vandy(like Nothwestern) like Wisconsin or Iowa—with even less concern for academics–just to give some midwest analogies…….

GT Man

December 15th, 2011
3:05 pm

Ken, Any news if while in El Paso, Groh gets to meet with any druglords in Juarez, to share how they have a defensive plan and backup for his coyotes and drug-runners, so Groh will devise a better defensive scheme?

juvenal

December 15th, 2011
3:11 pm

GT, Man, leave it alone-drug lords obviously O-fensive in every way(& you know i was one grohss’ earliest critics)

GT Man

December 15th, 2011
3:45 pm

juvenal, i read where for one of the exciting sights the players get is a trip to Fort Bliss—wow . I was stationed there in 70 prior to Vietnam, if anything, take the players to a cat-house in Juarez, that will be some excitement, plus the ladies are checked by doctors weekly, may even perk them up to win a bowl game.

Tech Fan Since 1950

December 15th, 2011
4:01 pm

Best wishes to Coach Preston. I hope he get what he wants, but if not I hope he stays at Tech as long as he can.

1 4 GT

December 15th, 2011
4:07 pm

Now GT Man. Shame on you. You know that kind of activity hurts an athletes legs and drains his energy and body fluid levels.

Technically Correct

December 15th, 2011
4:19 pm

You know it is a REALLY slow sports news period at Tech when our “BIG” story is about the our WRs coach (not head coach, not DC, not RB, not OL, not DB) being one of about 30 unsolicited applicants for a head coaching position at Hawaii. If Tech had several highly-touted WR recruits hanging in the balance, I could see it. If Tech ran an offense where the WRs were wide receivers and not primarily WBs (wide blockers), I could see it. If he were a finalist, I could see it. I sure hope the Coach does not send in a sweepstakes entry to Publisher’s Clearing House, as I am not sure my heart could take it!

GT Man

December 15th, 2011
4:45 pm

14 GT, you have a point, maybe next season I can spring for some activity for the Georgia players to bring their playing abilty down so we can beat them. The doping and DUI’s havent slowed them any.

crackbaby

December 15th, 2011
4:53 pm

Ken – pls. ask coach Preston if he remembers Chuck Leahey the old voice of the Rainbows (not his son Jim). “First down by a manapua….”

Those were the days – head coaches David Holmes, Larry Price and Dick Tomey. From the “Termite Palace” to Aloha Stadium.

Little known fact – the best tailgating food in the world is in Hawaii. Go Bows! (now Warriors).

@GTville

December 15th, 2011
5:04 pm

That is funny – really funny.

“I think it says a lot of a program when the coaches are chosen for step up positions at other schools. Sounds like he is ready for the opportunity and has loyalty to the school.”

You do realize he submitted his resume without being sought out. He is hardly on the radar of most schools. WR coach for a TO team is about like being a ball bearing counter for Ford.

crackbaby

December 15th, 2011
5:10 pm

@GTville – is english your first language or are you, to quote CPJ, a retard?

He was encouraged to apply. The current AD played while Buzz was a GA there.

Really?

December 15th, 2011
5:21 pm

north avenue trade school LOL LOL LOL LOL

Supersize that order, mutt

December 15th, 2011
6:07 pm

UNIVERSITY of Georgia??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. What a joke!!!

billyBobjacket

December 15th, 2011
6:19 pm

“helped Tech win the ACC in 2009″ Did we win the appeal?

billyBobjacket

December 15th, 2011
6:23 pm

OMG LMAO that somebody just mentioned Emory and University of Chicago in the same sentence! How big is that Nobel Prize display case over there at Emory? I think at U of C they play checkers with them they have so many!

billyBobjacket

December 15th, 2011
6:37 pm

He said he was encouraged to apply…probably by his wife!!!

Bud

December 15th, 2011
6:50 pm

That guy Buzz is a class act. He has produced very good results. Go Buzz Go

1 4 GT

December 15th, 2011
7:04 pm

Re Nobel Prize: While it is true that the University of Chicago could play checkers with their’s, and have 1 left over, it pains me to say not one college/university in Georgia is on the list. The list I looked at was made up of universities worldwide. Without looking at the list yourself, guess which university has the most Nobels. It surprised me.

Technically Correct

December 15th, 2011
7:13 pm

While Nobel talk is always great fun, let’s change the subject for a moment. Here is an interesting statistic for comment: There have been only 5 teams that have played in 15 straight bowl games. They are FSU, VT and GT (ACC) and Florida and UGA (SEC). GT and UGA made it to 15 with their bowl invites this year. That streak seems like a pretty good barometer of both quality and consistency to me.

1 4 GT

December 15th, 2011
7:28 pm

You are certainly right about that, Technically Correct.

1 4 GT

December 15th, 2011
7:40 pm

The comment by billybobJacket piqued my curiosity on the Nobel subject. I’ve been trying to puzzle juvenal’s comment to Ken about Emory and money and comparing universities. I saw no mention on the subject except his one comment. The university with the most Nobel Prizes is, and this includes the whole planet, is the University of California.

1 4 GT

December 15th, 2011
7:42 pm

U of Cal has 35. U of Chicago has 17

Supersize that order, mutt

December 15th, 2011
8:16 pm

Were any of y’all aware of the irresponsible thing that ESPN did on one of its shows this week? While they were discussing the allegations of sexual impropriety by some AAU coach whose last name was Dodd, they showed photos of Coach Bobby Dodd on the screen. I cannot believe they could be so negligent or stupid in posting the a 50 year old photo of a man long dead, implying that he was connected with this sordid affair. I hope the Dodd estate, or even the current Tech administration takes them to court over that. That kind of crap is inexcusable. Here is a link to some comments on it that appeared on the Hive –

http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=140&f=2938&t=8422669

1 4 GT

December 15th, 2011
8:41 pm

Supersize. Thanks for the info. Just one more reason not to like ESPN. They have already ruined amateur sports with all the $ they throw around. They should be held accountable for this atrocious reporting. It is inexcusable.

Paul in RDU

December 15th, 2011
11:30 pm

Cal Berkely with the most Nobel Laureates? And there was me thinking that my alma mater had the most with 88 official
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nobel_laureates_by_university_affiliation

GT has 2 Nobel Laureates – Jimmy Carter (Peace Prize, awarded because of the Camp David Accords) and Kary Mullis (Chemistry, awarded for his invention of polymerase chain reaction, the foundation of DNA testing).

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December 16th, 2011
12:54 am

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dawgfan

December 16th, 2011
8:23 am

LMAO @ Supersize. Good grief what a clown. This guy smears the name of UGA at every opportunity but goes running to mommy when ESPN makes a mistake that everyone on God’s green earth knows was a mistake. A lawsuit Supersize? LMAO.

Unbelievable.

BirminghamJacket

December 16th, 2011
8:44 am

Preston hasn’t produced quality WRs.

The Paul Johnson experiment will come to an end in 2013.

Can’t recruit. Silly scheme.

Wasn’t a Gailey fan, but he at least could recruit.

juvenal

December 16th, 2011
8:45 am

Enter your comments here

juvenal

December 16th, 2011
8:54 am

congrats to UGA anti-cancer vaccine researchers-used University of Chicago because they don’t play football any more……

BirminghamJacket

December 16th, 2011
8:59 am

Gt football in peril under PJ.

Should have kept Gailey.

juvenal

December 16th, 2011
8:59 am

O’Leary’s players could not graduate & got us on probation-just like Gailey’s…….

juvenal

December 16th, 2011
9:16 am

& we can’t afford to fire any more coaches-AD might be a better change……

GTBEE

December 16th, 2011
9:48 am

Dawg Fan,

In case you can’t read, this is a Tech Blog! We are supposed to smear UGA on any given opportunity.
You have the same luxury afforded to you on the UGA Blog. Maybe you should visit there some time and smear Tech so that you can feel better about yourself. Don’t you honestly think that you (as a UGA fan) look pretty stupid hanging out and posting to the Tech blog?? I would think that you would never stoop to being a part of anything related to GA TECH Football as a UGA fan. UGA fans must be jealous of the GA TECH program and our awesome coaches and players. Jealousy is the only reason that you would be on the TECH Blog in the first place, right? I can’t think of any other reason why bulldog fans would come here and associate with us Jacket fans…it just doesn’t make good sense??? I know…… you are all(UGA Fans) really closet Jacket Fans. Come on out of the closet boys, we all know that you really want to be a part of the YELLOW JACKET NATION!!

yellowjackt65

December 16th, 2011
9:51 am

@BirminghamJacket How can you possibly say that GT football is in peril??? When Chump Gailey was the head coach we were lucky to get to 7-5. Under CPJ we have not only won an ACC championship (screw the NCAA I have the t-shirt) but we have won at least 8 games in 3 of his first 4 seasons. I love the triple option and Paul Johnson (completely heterosexual man-crush kind of love). I look forward to the many great things he can achieve at Ma Tech.

juvenal

December 16th, 2011
9:54 am

Ken, the analogy was in reference to your wondering if Techies were snobs, & that decreased our fan base, a subject you brought up late last month & said you would revisit…meant it in midwest terms, what did you think?

912

December 16th, 2011
9:59 am

Ken: Still Waiting on your blog.

Data as released on Monday, and now its Friday. What are you waiting for ????

Be sure to do a blog referencing ALL the GATECH athletes that have just recently graduated.

Tech released that info this week. Havent seen a post by you yet on that topic.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 16th, 2011
10:50 am

Dawgfan, there is a BIG difference between Tech fans smearing UGA on a TECH BLOG, and a NATIONALLY BROADCAST TV show implying, whether inadvertantly or not, that Bobby Dodd or anyone in his family was a sexual predator. Everybody in the state of Georgia might realize that that was incorrect and POSSIBLY an innocent mistake, but people in the rest of the country might not. The fact that Bobby Dodd’s name is on a Coach of the Year award makes their negligence even more reprehensible. SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE should have checked the facts. Intelligent journalists, if there is such a thing in this day and age, WOULD have checked first. I can guarantee you that if the predator’s last name had been Dooley and they had shown a picture of Vince Dooley when discussing it, all UGA fans everywhere would have been incensed, and even I, as a hater of all things UGA AND Vince Dooley, would also have been upset about it. Yes, I do think legal action should be considered.