John Bond lands on his feet

It's funny how things work out. Former Army offensive coordinator John Bond was a finalist for the same position at the University of Miami (Fla.) last month. Miami ended up going with Georgia Tech's Patrick Nix. So Bond just took Nix's open job at Georgia Tech.

Bond accepted the offensive coordinator position at Georgia Tech last week, just three-plus year after being part of the debacle that was the "Todd Berry Error" at Army from 2000-03. Bond sure landed on his feet and continues to prove that, even though it didn't work out at West Point, he's a great young coaching mind. "John's success with both the running game and the passing game sets him apart," said Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey, whose Yellow Jackets host Army next season. "The last three years at Northern Illinois, he put together one of the best rushing attacks in the nation, but before that at Army, they threw the ball all over the place."

In fact, Bond's Army experience impressed Gailey even further.

"His experience at Army also shows that he can recruit the type of student-athletes that we recruit at Georgia Tech," Gailey added. "We had a very strong pool of candidates. I personally interviewed three people and talked with many others, and John was clearly the best fit for our situation."

Following the Berry fallout at Army in 2003, Bobby Ross didn't retain Bond, hiring his son, Kevin, to run the Black Knights' offense. Looking back, at least, the hiring of Kevin Ross was a bad move.

But Bond landed on his feet. While Berry had to accept the offensive coordinator job under Charlie Weatherbie at Louisiana-Monroe in 2003, Bond landed at Northern Illinois under head coach Joe Novak. A much better job.

Bond, 44, served three successful years at Northern Illinois. He coached one of the nation's most prolific rushing teams, led by all-America running back Garrett Wolfe, who led the NCAA in rushing in 2006 after ranking second as a junior and fifth as a sophomore. Bond helped Northern Illinois to three winning seasons and two bowl games, highlighted by a 9-3 record in 2004. That year the Huskies ranked 11th in the nation in rushing offense, 13th in scoring offense and 14th in total offense.

And while it might not have worked out at Army for Bond, we wish him luck at Georgia Tech.


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