Georgia Tech hires N. Illinois' Bond to run offense
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey said Friday he has hired John Bond, the offensive coordinator at Northern Illinois University, to head the Yellow Jackets' offense.
Gailey said Bond will call the offensive plays and will also coach Georgia Tech's quarterbacks.
The 2006 season was the first year Gailey allowed former offensive coordinator Patrick Nix to call the offensive plays. Nix was named the University of Miami's offensive coordinator on Jan. 19.
At Northern Illinois, Bond coached the NCAA's 2006 rushing leader, running back Garrett Wolfe. Wolfe ranked second in the nation in rushing as a junior and fifth as a sophomore, with Bond as offensive coordinator.
Before his three years at Northern Illinois, Bond was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Army for four seasons (2000-04). At Army, Bond's offense broke 35 school records.
"John's success with both the running game and the passing game sets him apart," Gailey said. "The last three years at Northern Illinois, he put together one of the best rushing attacks in the nation, but before that at Army, they threw the ball all over the place.
"His experience at Army also shows that he can recruit the type of student-athletes that we recruit at Georgia Tech."
Gailey said he interviewed three candidates and talked with others.
"John was clearly the best fit for our situation," Gailey said.
Bond, 44, helped lead Northern Illinois to three winning seasons, including a 9-3 mark in 2004, and two bowl games.
Bond began his coaching career with three years as a student assistant and graduate assistant at his alma mater, Arkansas, where he worked under Lou Holtz and Ken Hatfield.
His first full-time coaching position was at Southwest Missouri State, where he was running backs coach and recruiting coordinator from 1986-90. He also coached at Texas-El Paso, Delta State and Illinois State.
In 1999, Illinois State reached the I-AA national semifinals, and Bond was a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association's assistant coach of the year award.
Bond is a native of Rogers, Ark., where he was an all-state quarterback while playing for his father, Gary Bond, at Rogers High.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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