I’ve collected information about new Georgia Tech special-teams coach David Walkosky just for you, in no particular order.
1. Walkosky’s longest stop anywhere was at Toledo, from 1999-2006. He was special-teams coordinator from 2003 on, leaving to take a job at Washington State. The Toledo head coach at the time, Tom Amstutz, said Walkosky stayed longer than he could have, having turned down other opportunities to move up out of loyalty to Amstutz.
2. Speaking with him Wednesday, Amstutz had a lot of nice things to say about Walkosky.
“He’s an outstanding football coach, has a lot of energy, excellent recruiter and just a tremendous colleague,” he said.
Amstutz called him fiery and passionate and mention that he spent a lot of time in the offseasons studying with NFL special-teams coaches to stay on top of new trends or schemes.
About his fire, Amstutz said, “That’s exactly what you want in a special-teams coach, someone who’s enthusiastic and fired up and has passion. Special teams needs a little extra motivation and he’s the kind of guy that will give that.”
3. Walkosky will likely become the first coach in Tech history whose two previous jobs were at a Division II school and then the CFL. Walkosky did not fare well at Tiffin University, going 2-31 from 2008 to 2010 before resigning. I spoke with a writer who covered the team who said he was up against some tough odds at Tiffin, as he was hired well into the spring of 2008 as the team was joining a tough Division II conference after playing as an independent. For whatever it’s worth, Tiffin was 0-11 this past season under Walkosky’s successor. It can be presumed that, whenever Paul Johnson’s tenure ends, Walkosky won’t take his place.
4. Between 2003 and 2006, Toledo finished in the top 15 nationally of various special-teams statistics, such as punt net, punt returns, kickoff returns and kickoff defense, six times. The Rockets were also 100th or worse four times.
5. Amstutz said of Walkosky’s recruiting ability that he evaluates talent well and builds relationships, which are basically the two elements of recruiting. He said he was responsible for bringing quarterback Bruce Gradkowski (now with the Cincinnati Bengals) to Toledo.
Walkosky’s time in Ohio – he is from there originally – gives Tech entrée into one of the most fertile recruiting states in the country. Tech has one player on the roster from Ohio, linebacker B.J. Machen.
Thanks for reading.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog