Former Memphis coach Josh Pastner is now running the show at Georgia Tech, but made an interesting remark when it comes to how he hires assistant coaches.
According to Ken Sugiura of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Paster said that he refused to hire assistant coaches who play golf. Oddly enough, his reasoning was spot on.
“My first question to anyone I (might) hire is, ‘Do you golf?’” Pastner said. “If they say, ‘Yes,’ you can’t work for me, because that means five hours on a Sunday or on a Saturday. Can’t. Don’t want it. That’s for my assistant coaches. Any of my assistant coaches, if they’re golfers, not working for me.”
That’s valid, as Pastner is looking to rebuild the Yellow Jackets from the ground up and bring Georgia Tech back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010. He won’t be able to do that without a staff that is fully available 24/7, so his reasoning isn’t absolutely ridiculous.
Still, someone being a golfer shouldn’t be an absolute dealbreaker, especially if the extent of them golfing is going to the driving range just to relax. Hopefully, Pastner is able to assemble a strong staff in spite of his anti-golf stance.
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