Mike Bobinski, former Athletic Director for Xavier, has been named the Athletic Director for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Bobinski had a 12-year term with Xavier, showing great loyalty to the program. He has opted for a new challenge in coming to the ACC with a goal of improving Georgia Tech athletics.
Bobinski was introduced on Jan. 18 in a press conference and has already made an impression. He says that he is committed to the ACC. He comes from a non-football school, but doesn’t think that will hinder his abilities and potential to run athletic programs in Atlanta, Ga.
With all of the recent cases of teams “jumping ship,” so to speak, it is welcome news to hear that the new hire is committed to the current conference. The ACC will lose Maryland in 2014 and Georgia Tech was one of the other rumored teams to be considering a move to the Big Ten. This will be pleasant news to traditionalists like Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has been outspoken on his disapproval of teams switching conferences.
Bobinski has a reputation of hiring capable basketball coaches and graduating an impressive rate of student-athletes. Brian Gregory is in his second season as the Yellow Jackets head coach and is already just one win shy of tying last season’s total. They will undoubtedly post a significantly better season than in 2011-12 and the largest reason why is the emergence of freshman G-F Marcus Georges-Hunt.
Georgia Tech, and the ACC as a whole, should be excited about the addition of Bobinski. Not only does he have the potential of improving Yellow Jackets athletics, but he can help strengthen a declining ACC.