Georgia Tech hires new strength coach

Georgia Tech named John Sisk its new director of player development Tuesday. Sisk, who was hired from Furman, will oversee strength and conditioning for all of Tech’s athletes and will work directly with the football team.

Sisk replaces Neal Peduzzi, who left Tech to train special forces (Green Berets) in the Army. Peduzzi had been at Tech eight years, the last two as player development director.

“This position is very important to our overall success and I have confidence that John will do a great job,” coach Paul Johnson said in a statement.

Sisk served one year at Furman after working 2001-2010 at Vanderbilt.

Peduzzi said the opportunity to work with the 7th Special Forces Group, based out of Eglin Air Force Base in northwest Florida, was hard to pass up.

“That was really it, just the opportunity to do something different, try something new and working with this population was something that really intrigued me,” Peduzzi said.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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SansWorld

June 5th, 2012
2:13 pm

SansWorld

June 5th, 2012
2:14 pm

now I will read the story

Rduck

June 5th, 2012
2:19 pm

beef ‘em up coach!!!

Todd

June 5th, 2012
2:27 pm

Supersize that order, mutt

June 5th, 2012
2:28 pm

I got the impression at times that the players weren’t all in prime condition. I hope the new guy does better, if possible. I also hope I was wrong and that Peduzzi does a bang up job with the Speical Forces. If not, the Special Forces are in trouble. LOL

Joe

June 5th, 2012
2:28 pm

A little late to the party there Ken :)

Ken Sugiura

June 5th, 2012
2:57 pm

yes. kind of a long story.

ed

June 5th, 2012
3:00 pm

maybe he can bring in some new roids and hire reuben houston as an assistant to keep the guys mellow while working out. Its easy to see why the tech guys have no time to work out since I am sure they are in class and studying all the time. I am sure no recruits are ever taken to the Cheetah and god forbid consume alch underage.

DesignerJacket

June 5th, 2012
3:14 pm

ed, why so fussy about Tech?

Anyway, this is interesting. Hopefully it won’t effect the program in any negative ways. We’ll have some real opportunities in the next few years with new talent coming in. Hopefully they get bigger and stronger on schedule and win some games.

Evidently this is a GREAT...

June 5th, 2012
3:14 pm

…thing for Tech, but not necessarily so for the Green Berets, if our success, or lack thereof, on the football field is any indication of what the guy that left meant to the program…

BIG BEE

June 5th, 2012
3:15 pm

Ed, you are just another idiot.

FL Jacket

June 5th, 2012
3:16 pm

I love idiots that come in here and post negative comments about someone for whom 10 minutes ago didn’t even know their name…

Technically Correct

June 5th, 2012
3:17 pm

We now return to our regularly-scheduled program… Who’s the next recruit to commit to Tech?

Jerry Jacket

June 5th, 2012
3:36 pm

Is is true that recent commit Nigel Bowden flipped back to Vandy after flipping to GT?

Jerry Jacket

June 5th, 2012
3:37 pm

Techno

June 5th, 2012
3:49 pm

Getting a guy from Furman who came there from Vanderbilt is a good get. He will know how to work with all those recruits we are beating the Furmans and Vandys of the world out for.

Jerry Jacket

June 5th, 2012
3:55 pm

Techno: Getting a promotion is something I’m sure you know nothing about. Tech graduates on the other hand experience promotions on a regular basis :-) I hope you are enjoying your miserable job.

Rduck

June 5th, 2012
3:56 pm

Jerry… nothing official on it yet. Seems he is a little overwelmed right now. Franklin must have put the pressure on him when he called to tell him about GT.. Anyways, it’s early on in the process. At least he isn’t wavering just a few days before NSD like others have. Hopefully he comes to Tech and becomes the next J. Burnette…

ironjacket

June 5th, 2012
3:57 pm

It it a good or bad thing that we are acquiring the sc coach from vandy/furman…… :I

Technically Correct

June 5th, 2012
4:05 pm

Jerry Jacket, if Nigel Bowden did flip back, he is not showing up on Vanderbilt’s Rivals website. Probably someone (maybe the Scout recruting service?) is just trying to stir up some mischief.

Jerry Jacket

June 5th, 2012
4:05 pm

ironjacket: Almost everyone in every profession gets a better job at some point. Nick Saban didn’t start out as head coach at LSU right of high school. Progression in one’s career is a normal thing.

Jerry Jacket

June 5th, 2012
4:10 pm

Even some UGA grads become good enough burger flippers, which allows them move into management at McDonald’s :-)

crackbaby

June 5th, 2012
4:46 pm

Just glad CPJ didn’t assume the role of strength & conditioning coach…
Just sayin’ ;)

Supersize that order, mutt

June 5th, 2012
5:17 pm

@ crackbaby……I bet CPJ could whup your ass

sports

June 5th, 2012
5:57 pm

strength coach! The yellow blowflys need a new warden.

hey sports....

June 5th, 2012
6:00 pm

…guess you know all about wardens, huh? How long have you been out on parole?

hey sports....

June 5th, 2012
6:01 pm

bet the inmates just LOVED it when you dropped your soap in the shower….

Todd

June 5th, 2012
6:14 pm

Hey Fellas! We are going to tied up for a while so don’t expect anything from my girl until later. Xoxoxo

Pawwwwwwl

June 5th, 2012
6:39 pm

Hey Todd Snookums, really enjoyed last night!!

Supersize that order, mutt

June 5th, 2012
6:45 pm

@ hey sports….I think all the wardens are busy in Athens

Supersize that order, mutt

June 5th, 2012
6:46 pm

sorry, that should have been @ sports…..not hey sports

yellowfever

June 5th, 2012
7:07 pm

It just sucks to be a georgia bulldog.

yellowfever

June 5th, 2012
7:08 pm

But it’s Great to be a GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKET.

Truth

June 5th, 2012
7:09 pm

@ supersize, one man isn’t going to make or break SF. Unless his name Barack Obama!

Delbert D.

June 5th, 2012
7:22 pm

I assume that John Sisk is a professional in the S&C field. The wrong methods can wreak havoc with punters and kickers. Guys on track for major national awards can become average.

Caught in a Jacket

June 5th, 2012
8:09 pm

*Re-post because nobody is looking at the comments on the previous post.*

Farmer goes to the Brewers in round 15. Why didn’t anyone want him before that? He was one of the top 100 prospects. No respect for Buck. Reminds me of Kellen Moore in the NFL draft.

At least Buck got drafted and he has one more year if he chooses to come back. I think (and hope) he will play another year at Tech. If he decides to go to the Brewers, he has good Tech company in Jed Bradley. :)

ben in buckhead

June 5th, 2012
9:06 pm

Tony Shumpert

June 5th, 2012
9:15 pm

You heard it hear first. The Atlanta Hawks and New York Knickerbockers are working on a trade to send Iman and Carmelo Anthony for Joe Johnson and Jeff Teague. Cant give anymore details but it looks like a done deal.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 5th, 2012
9:43 pm

I would rather that lazy pothead Iman stay in NY. We don’t need his kind down here.

Spike 80DF

June 5th, 2012
9:53 pm

maybe the new strength coach can get CPJ on a treadmill to get rid of the moobs and double chin.

Tony Shumpert

June 5th, 2012
10:09 pm

Supersize you idiot. Do you have to be a rascist jerk everyday?

William Casey

June 5th, 2012
11:33 pm

Spike, you’re fascination with our coach’s anatomy is interesting. Repressed yearnings? I don’t usually flame but you are disgusting.

230gr Full Metal Jacket

June 6th, 2012
12:45 am

Tony Shumpert you idiot, Do you even know the definition of racism? How about the difference between racism, bigotry, and predjudice??? I keep seeing you tools talk trash about SS being “racist”, yet I read these blogs daily and have for years and have NEVER seen SS write ANYTHING that was even remotely racist. I can only assume you must be a good Democrat the way you apparently like to throw around the R-word without even knowing what it means. You’ve got to be a dwag to be THAT ignorant!!!!!!!

Supersize that order, mutt

June 6th, 2012
1:13 am

@ Tony…..you got fooled again. I told you before that I am not racist and don’t make racist comments. That was my imposter. WHENEVER you see something like that posted and my name is next to it, you can be 100% assured that that is my imposter.

OldGold1964

June 6th, 2012
8:04 am

Good luck to both John and Neal. (and, forever in out mind and hearts: Dave Pasanella)

Technically Correct

June 6th, 2012
8:53 am

I have noticed a correlation between the overall quality and number of the comments that follow Ken’s stories to the interest level of Ken’s stories themselves. That is, when Ken writes about the pedigree of some new assistant coach or some “human interest” piece that no Tech human is interested in, the reader comments which follow are few and are really, really poor. Look at the story above and then follow the thread of comments – racism allegations, deviant sexual practices, anything and everything, except about the unstimulating, uninteresting subject matter of the article itself.

5150 UOAD

June 6th, 2012
9:04 am

Well some of the BIG D Line Boys looked pretty Lean and Mean in the Spring Game. TJ looked like he Lost some Fat and added Muscle. I hope the New S&C coach has a good Running program. The Guys need to have more Stamina and Speed.

Hiway61

June 6th, 2012
10:59 am

Congrat Neal..Thanks for all you did at GT and now with The Special Forces.

Welcome Mr Sisk to the Flats at GT…looking for great results.

1 4 GT

June 6th, 2012
1:01 pm

5150, they need to run wind sprints wearing the harness with 3 or 4 drogue chutes behind them. Talk about building leg strength, not to mention stamina & speed.

headley lamar

June 6th, 2012
2:02 pm

How much strength does it take really to flop on the ground the way Techs line does?

Anybody can do that.

CPJ 2 – 10 vs UGA , Va Tech , and bowl game

Including 0 for the last 6.

New Sheriff in town my a**.

1 A She She Title ( Taken away due to cheating )

Got program on probation through arrogance. Did exactly what NCAA told him not to do.

So arrogant cant even have a relationship with the in town radio station that is the ” Home of Georgia Tech Football ” because they dared talked about UGA.

The guy is an arrogant jerk. I guess that fits right in at Tech.