GoJackets.com recently had the opportunity to interview Georgia Tech Athletic Director Mike Bobinski. In January 2013, Bobinski succeeded Dan Radakovich and took over the job of athletic director at Georgia Tech after serving as athletic director at Xavier for 12 years. Today, we bring you part 4 of that conversation with the focus of this conversation on the football program.
Georgia Tech football is coming off one of the most successful seasons in the school’s history. One of the goals in the off season was to keep the staff in tact as they prepared to keep the program moving in a positive direction. Athletic director Mike Bobinski and Coach Paul Johnson both had to deal with that subject when defensive line Coach Mike Pelton was approached by Oklahoma to interview for an opening on their staff.
Georgia Tech’s approach to paying assistants is to do what makes sense for Georgia Tech. Coach Paul Johnson has a lot to do with how that works. Prior to leaving for Oklahoma, Johnson and Pelton had a conversation and they kept in touch during the entire process. “We wanted to keep Mike”, said Bobinski. “He’s had done good work for us.”
Throughout the interview process, Johnson gave Pelton a sense of what Tech was willing to do. Bobinski knew that it always wasn’t going to be possible to match other school’s salary numbers. “There is always somebody that is going to pay more. We’re not always in a position to match and it sometimes doesn’t make good sense.”
Prior to Bobinski arriving at Tech, Johnson had begun to put in place the arrangements to make staff additions to the player personnel department. Johnson’s plans made all the sense in the world to Bobinski and he gave the okay to move forward. “We solidified it my first month here.”
The assistant coaches have continued to play a critical role in the recruiting process but they also have a lot to do on a daily basis. This is where the player personnel staff additions played a key role in recruiting. “Having another organization out there that gets the process organized has really helped us,” said Bobinski. “It raised our level of performance.”
Bobinski expects the additions to continue to help show improvement in Tech’s recruiting over the next couple of years. “Without them, we probably would have had less than the results we are having.” The extra staff members has allowed Tech to identify more recruits and become more efficient.
Getting the players that fit the place is the key to Tech becoming more successful according to Bobinski. “Having people working on that everyday helps us.” Bobinski feels that getting the right recruits eliminates the needless distractions. “The toughest thing for a coach is to walk away from someone who is not the right fit. You don’t change people very often.”
Georgia Tech and Bobinski know that the key to success is to find the guys that are both the right fit and talented.