Tech’s Hall wins 999th and other notes

Greetings-

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

9 comments Add your comment

Yellow Jacket for Life

March 14th, 2012
8:21 am

First and go Jackets…. love the school and always will. Please note I said I love the School not just the sports program.

Crazy Robert

March 14th, 2012
9:03 am

Give him another 5 year extension!

Sane Robert

March 14th, 2012
9:18 am

Special teams coaching hire: It’s about time.

So, what is it with...

March 14th, 2012
10:39 am

.. basketball players and guns?

Bob Ueker

March 14th, 2012
12:22 pm

Ken, the baseball team is (2-3) in their last 5 and only one game ahead of Duke for last place in the Coastal Division. What’s the problem this season? We CAN NOT lay an egg in Athens next week.

In softball, I thought Hope Rush would be dominant on the rubber this season, but something’s just not right with this group in 2012. Why the inconsistency?

Diamond Dawg

March 14th, 2012
12:27 pm

Your softball team will get crushed tonight by the Dawgs. And you’d best worry about sweeping the Hokies this weekend before getting embarrassed on TV next week up here in Athens. VT is awful, but then again, maybe GT is too.

FHstinger

March 14th, 2012
2:32 pm

dumb dawgs are a dime a dozen

T Baker

March 14th, 2012
9:45 pm

GT 2 UGA 0 in softball tonight. Good luck on the ‘diamond’ next week mutts (not really)

Biff Pocoroba

March 14th, 2012
9:58 pm

The regular season wins are great but Hall needs to finally wing some games in the postseason instead of choking in a home regional every year. He has only won one game in Omaha since his first season.