More about Tech hire David Walkosky

Greetings-

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

98 comments Add your comment

DoakBoyGT

March 1st, 2012
7:18 am

Thanks Ken! Go Jackets!!! THWG!!!

Jim 70

March 1st, 2012
7:19 am

Jacket Backer

March 1st, 2012
7:22 am

Looks like a good hire. Glad to see some extra attention is being given to special teams. MUCH needed! Can’t wait to the spring game.

Go Jackets!

Jim 70

March 1st, 2012
7:22 am

Second!

Anyway, after all the comments cpj has made on a special teams coach and basically saying he would not hire one, I am glad he changed his mind. Either read the tea leaves or listened to somebody (and all the alums).

Now if we can just get some offense in our bb team, we would be in good shape.

Go tech

OldSchoolTechFanatic

March 1st, 2012
7:27 am

I think it is a step in the right direction. I also think sometimes when the game is on the line you can put some first stringers in on special teams !!!

gt

March 1st, 2012
7:30 am

We have lost one or two games every year because of special teams. I think a lot of it is we have a thin talent roster so the very raw talent gets shoved out there against people like Georgia who may have five star recruits starved for playing time lined up against us. It will be interesting to see what this guy does with not much to work with.

Tokyo jacket

March 1st, 2012
7:36 am

I dont’ care if CPJ got him because he wanted to, DRAD told him to, or he was listening to the alumni base. The bottom line is that he made the right call.

CDW appears to be a solid coach that will fit our dynamic well. He has passion, has experience, and has recruited NFL caliber talent. What else can you ask for in a special teams coach? I can’t wait to see the effects during spring practice.

carolinajacket

March 1st, 2012
7:37 am

Should be a good move. Now lets start seeing some commitments. By the way, is that UGA gal with the “hot pants” still on the soccer team?

FL Jacket

March 1st, 2012
7:40 am

I really don’t think there’s going to be strong causation between having a ST coach and more consistent, explosive Special Teams.

However, what I do hope happens is that during ST practice periods the offense and defense can continue working and teaching. Also, a fulltime coach may be able to spend enough time with Justin Moore and the other kickers.

Ohio Jacket

March 1st, 2012
7:49 am

Thanks for the good work, Ken! I don’t care why CPJ made the hire, I’m just glad he did. Would love to see Special Teams become a competitive advantage for GT.

chris

March 1st, 2012
8:01 am

It took him long enough, and cost GT enough games. It will be too little to late for PJ. He will still get fired after another losing record.

gt45

March 1st, 2012
8:05 am

I don’t think so, Chris. Looks like we got us a coach who can recruit the Midwest. Best of luck!

Buzzed

March 1st, 2012
8:10 am

carolinajack: Is your obsession with UGA or the girl?

Big Old Dawg

March 1st, 2012
8:14 am

Where’s GtBob…hey butthead, I’m coming in here from now on just to trash Tech’s blog for no other reason other than I can’t stand you or that turd chaser school you love. You can’t leave UGA pages alone…get used to seeing this crap on your pages from now on.

Old Gold Britches

March 1st, 2012
8:29 am

Just maybe CPJ hired him because he is the right Special Team’s guy for the job. Plus he is apparently a good recruiter. I don’t think he was necessarily looking for a Special Teams Coach. But when he came across this coach it was a no brainer.

michael

March 1st, 2012
8:35 am

we still don’t have the talent o’leary had….

michael

March 1st, 2012
8:43 am

….coaching staff included

No way

March 1st, 2012
8:47 am

B.O. Dawg – let’s hear what you have to say. Don’t be shy B.O. man.

Sarge1

March 1st, 2012
8:49 am

You go Big Old Dawg. You are a typical classless Georgia troll. I hope Ken blocks you. You have a classy solution for getting back at other classless UGA thug/fans posing as Tech suppoorters. I bet you could not even get into UGA’s exalted P.E. major and you are still angry.. You are not hurting Tech, just showing your LACK of intelligence and class.. Why don’t you crawl back under the porch with youir Mother?

The Dream

March 1st, 2012
8:57 am

What happened to Freigen ? I thought he was in line to be part of the mix ? Oh well, we got what we asked for, now let’s see how we do. I’m not thrilled at the schedule for this coming season, but I’m renewing my tickets as soon as I get the letter. Go Jackets !!

Jacket Fan

March 1st, 2012
9:05 am

I smell 60 yard punt returns in our near future…

Technically Correct

March 1st, 2012
9:05 am

Motivating 18-22 year-olds is tough to do without being passionate about the task at hand. Glad to read that this guy will bring some “fire” to this aspect of the football program.

Jacket Fan

March 1st, 2012
9:06 am

Also can’t wait to see Justin Thomas torching our opponents with his blazing speed.

Justin Thomas Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io21_dVAKUY

Birmingham Jacket

March 1st, 2012
9:19 am

Football players win football games, not coaches.

Our recruiting has been awful since CPJs hire.

Expect losses to the FSUs, Miamis, UGAs for years to come.

Fortunately, I see the Paul Johnson experiment coming to an end in the next 24 mos.

Jacket Fan

March 1st, 2012
9:29 am

Birmingham Jacket: Just curious. Who would you bring in to coach if you could fire CPJ? Who could do a better job than him?

A2k

March 1st, 2012
9:29 am

This is a good move. Glad to see it.

Va Tech consistently gets better results out of similar talent level players than GaTech does. There is no reason we can’t do the same.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 1st, 2012
9:37 am

@ The Dream, I don’t know about letters, but emails with season ticket ordering information went out 6 weeks ago.

PLAYMAKER

March 1st, 2012
9:41 am

This is needed around this STAFF. Good recruiter and full of fire! I’ll take him!

WnE

March 1st, 2012
9:53 am

re:
This is needed around this STAFF. Good recruiter and full of fire! I’ll take him!
__________________

Being a good recruiter at Toledo doesn’t necessarily prepare you to be a good recruiter vs. SEC teams and teams like FSU, Miami, UNC, Clemson, Ohio State, Mizzou, Texas A & M, etc.

George Stein

March 1st, 2012
10:14 am

Then we ask YOU, WnE, who should we have hired and why?

GTVegas

March 1st, 2012
10:18 am

WnE – It doesn’t necessarily make a you a bad one either. Bottom line, the guy was hired to focus on an area that sorely needed attention. Beside the focus, it also introduces a single point of responsibility. Like Mark Bradley said, “it can’t hurt”.

As to your comments in another blog about Vad Lee, I currently reside in NC and have had quite a bit of exposure to the young man, he is a passer, IF he is given the chance.

WnE

March 1st, 2012
10:23 am

re:
GTVegas
March 1st, 2012
10:18 am
As to your comments in another blog about Vad Lee, I currently reside in NC and have had quite a bit of exposure to the young man, he is a passer, IF he is given the chance.
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Please list some College QBs from the last 5-10 years that Vad Lee is comparable to.

Is he another Russel Wilson?

RG3?

Cam Newton?

Matt Stafford?

Andy Dalton (TCU)?

Christian Ponder (FSU)?

OldSchoolTechFanatic

March 1st, 2012
10:26 am

Watched the Vid Jacket Fan. Looks like he’s got great field vision too. Thanks

1 4 GT

March 1st, 2012
10:29 am

Hey Big Old Dawg….Lotsa class you’re showing there. You’re going to make the rest of us (MOST of whom never visit a Georgie blog) suffer trying to get back at some troll that hurts your feelings. You’re as low and immature as he is. My 2 year old nephew behaves better than either of you have exhibited so far. I hate your dwags as much as you hate us. GO AWAY!!!!

Rduck

March 1st, 2012
10:38 am

Just how many championships did RG3, Dalton, Ponder, and your boy Stafford win? Cam Newton was a freak of athleticism, but even his “mechanics” were poor, and he was a RUN FIRST QB that you say can’t win in the BCS…

Gorilla Biscuit

March 1st, 2012
10:44 am

Step in the right direction. Wish CMR would hire one. But you guys still need a defensive coordinator, a QB, and some wide receivers.

GTBob

March 1st, 2012
11:01 am

Where’s GtBob…hey butthead, I’m coming in here from now on just to trash Tech’s blog for no other reason other than I can’t stand you

Wow, i’m flattered.

Smyrna Gold

March 1st, 2012
11:07 am

Heck, we saw 60 yd punt returns, KO returns, great passing and defense last year but only on the other team. But we had more rushing yards usually, at least against MTSU, Kansas et al.

Not Disappointed

March 1st, 2012
11:25 am

I just want to see results! Go Jackets!

patience

March 1st, 2012
11:26 am

Im curious to see how well he can recruit

Terminator

March 1st, 2012
11:26 am

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.

Finished in the top 15 nationally six times in four years?? Now THAT is remarkable! THEN, they were 100th or worse FOUR times between 2003 & 2006, too. Very contradictive statement. Either he is VERY good or VERY bad.

doc

March 1st, 2012
11:35 am

seems like a good hire and one that was needed. didnt we have 2 line coaches before the release of the coach that broke rules and lost maybe a few recruits? shame it didnt happen sooner.

maybe now we can get a qb coach or is there already a competent one in place?

Delbert D.

March 1st, 2012
11:37 am

I don’t understand the 6 top 15 finishes and 4 at 100th or lower, all over a 4 year span from 2003 to 2006.

go42

March 1st, 2012
11:52 am

Really great to get somebody signed on before Spring. Good move!

5150 UOAD

March 1st, 2012
11:55 am

Now if we could just find a KELLY RHINO to field punts.

Tech Troll 13

March 1st, 2012
11:58 am

I’m not convinced it will help that much, but it can’t hurt.

GT Man

March 1st, 2012
12:05 pm

Got to agree with you 5150 UOAD. Terminator, you also have a good point. But PJ did get us a punter that was only offered by The Citadel.

gt4ever

March 1st, 2012
12:10 pm

When anything becomes the focal point, it gets better… Here is looking forward to kicking into the end zone, and the other team starting at the 20 instead of the 40…..

gt4ever

March 1st, 2012
12:20 pm

except of course our offense…. at least when we play somebody good…. That’s for you, Super and George…. :)

5150 UOAD

March 1st, 2012
12:30 pm

UGa is going to pay Coeds to sell Hash Browns at games this year. They will be wearing Granny Bloomers stuffed with orders of Hash Browns walking the Aisles. $4 for an order or $6 if you want them with Cheese.