When the Kennesaw State Owls announced they were going to start a football program to play the 2015 season, they talked about the traits they wanted in their very first head coach. They wanted an experienced coach with ties to the Georgia market who would be a strong recruiter and could help their students in the classroom. With that criteria, it’s no wonder that a pair of Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets assistant coaches, Brian Bohannon and Andy McCollum, have been named finalists for the job.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a source close to the coaching search confirmed that the school has interviewed at least three finalists for its head coaching position and Bohannon and McCollum were two of the three. GT athletic director Vaughn Williams has not made any comment about the interviews and neither have either coach, but the fit seems right for each of them at Kennesaw State.
Bohannon is a native of Griffin, Georgia, and played his college football for the Georgia Bulldogs. He has been an assistant coach since 1996 with stints with the Georgia Southern Eagles, Navy Midshipmen and his current post with Georgia Tech. At Tech, he has served as quarterbacks and B-backs coach for the last six seasons, but he lacks any head coaching experience and would be relatively young for a head coach.
McCollum, on the other hand, has a wealth of experience under his belt. The Marietta, Georgia, native has more than 30 years of coaching experience, including a run as head coach of the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders from 1999 – 2005. During his time there, he guided the Raiders through the transistion from FCS to FBS, so he’s been through the growing pains of building a program. He came to Georgia Tech in 2010 after a three-year run with the NC State Wolfpack and has acted as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.
Losing either the energy of Bohannon or the experience of McCollum would be a blow to Paul Johnson‘s staff. Kennesaw State plans to make their decision by the end of March, so Tech may be scrambling to find a new position coach just as spring practice gets rolling. Will they be able to roll with the transition or will the changeover cause a step back in 2013?