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New Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner won’t hire assistants who golf


New Georgia Tech men’s head basketball coach Josh Pastner vows that he’s “going to be really meticulous” when assembling his staff of assistants. And given one of the conditions he has set for potential new hires, he really means it.

Pastner has gone on record to say that he will never hire an assistant coach who regularly spends time on the golf course.

“My first question to anyone I (might) hire is, ‘Do you golf?’” Pastner said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “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.”

The 38-year-old former head coach at Memphis — who actually lived on a golf course during his time there — said he doesn’t have an outright ban on golf for his assistants. It’s only he doesn’t want any of them being any kind of every-weekend warrior kind of golfer.

“I know there are going to be some fund-raising (golf events) you’ve got to drive around, but I couldn’t handle five hours,” he said. “I couldn’t handle it and I wouldn’t want my staff to do it, either.”

Pastner doesn’t necessarily hate golf, either. He just wants his staff to be completely committed to rebuilding the Yellow Jackets program, saying, “It’s going to be a seven-day-a-week job.”

He continued: “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.”

He’s a man with a plan, clearly. And it doesn’t involve any of his staff booking any weekend tee times, that’s for sure.

[H/T Eye on College Basketball]