GT Coach Josh Pastner: Asst. Coaches Can’t Golf

The fun police are going to be on patrol 24/7 under Josh Pastner’s reign as the new head coach of Georgia Tech Basketball. The young coach has the task...
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The fun police are going to be on patrol 24/7 under Josh Pastner’s reign as the new head coach of Georgia Tech Basketball. The young coach has the task of returning a Tech team that finished the season at 21-15 and near the bottom of the ACC back to prominence — he says it will be a “seven-day-a-week job.”

“My first question to anyone I (might) hire is, ‘Do you golf?’” Pastner said this week. “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.”

When speaking to CBS, Pastner, not wanting to draw the ire of golf’s rabid fan base, emphasized that he very much enjoys golf, but there simply will be  no time for leisure activities while making the Yellow Jackets a contender once more.

From Matt Norlander on CBS Sports:

“I’m excited about that challenge to build something from the bottom,” Pastner said of the Georgia Tech gig. “The guys who I hire have to be aligned with me to understand what kind of work ethic it’s going to take to get this thing of built. … And I love golf. I loved watching when Tiger Woods was in his prime. I have a great appreciation for golf. Those athletes are some of the best in the world. It’s not about my staff not golfing, it’s just, it’s more of the time commitment. It’s about the theory, you’re not even going to have time. You can’t even be on your cellphone when you’re on the course. It’s not the ethical way to play golf, you can’t be on your cellphone the whole time.”

The journo on this story went on to illustrate how Josh Pastner is unlike the average Division 1 basketball coach, most of whom are avid golfers. Pastner doesn’t swear — no problem with that — he doesn’t drink caffeine or soda, and he doesn’t want anybody who works for him hitting the course . . . ever. Something tells me this guy is often being told his party invite must have gotten lost in the mail.

Matt Kuchar has yet to comment on this story.

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