1. Georgia Tech baseball coach Danny Hall earned his 999th career win Tuesday night, a 15-4 victory over Wagner at Russ Chandler Stadium. Jake Davies, Sam Dove and Paul Kronenfeld hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the first inning, the first time Tech has done that since a March 27, 2010 game against North Carolina.
In Division I history, 46 baseball coaches have won 1,000 games. Hall began the season in the top 20 among active coaches in wins.
Tech, ranked 20th in the country, will have the opportunity to give Hall his 1,000th win at home this weekend with a three-game series against Virginia Tech, starting with a Friday 6 p.m. game. The Jackets play Georgia in Athens next Tuesday.
2. Speaking of which, the softball team plays Georgia Wednesday evening at Mewborn Field at 7 p.m.
The season has not started well for the Jackets (15-12 overall). They were swept by Virginia last weekend in their opener, the first time that’s happened to the Jackets since 2008. Tech had, in fact, won its past 24 ACC series, an ACC record. The Jackets began the season ranked 23rd in the country and were picked to win the ACC but have fallen out of the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
Georgia is No. 8 in the country at 21-3.
3. Tech made official its hire of special teams coach David Walkosky on Tuesday, which was reported Feb. 29. While Walkosky has been on campus and begun work, the school had to delay the announcement because the requisite background checks took longer than normal due to his employment in the Canadian Football League last year.
Two things of note: At the time of his hire, it wasn’t clear if Walkosky would coach only special teams, and his title also wasn’t certain. It turns out he will be a special teams-only coach (the first for coach Paul Johnson). Less significantly, he’ll be the special teams coach, not coordinator, though Johnson that Walkosky “will do a great job in coordinating our special teams” in a statement in the news release.
4. This is tangentially related, but interesting to me. Last fall, in the middle of the “Tech needs to hire a special-teams coach” fury, I wrote a story about the matter, and quoted Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe, who last season created a special teams-only coaching position for the first time in his career and voiced his favor for it.
“I think the advantage is you’ve got somebody keeping an eye on those guys all throughout practice and kind of planning their day,” he said.
It evidently didn’t agree with Grobe completely. He fired his special teams coach, Keith Henry, after he had worked for Grobe for the previous 17 seasons. His staff, once again, doesn’t have a special teams coach.
Grobe told the Winston-Salem Journal it was an opportunity for the staff to get new ideas and for Henry (and assistant Tim Billings) to explore new opportunities.
“At times, you just need to make changes,” he said.
Thanks for reading.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog