Growing the organization chart

Marc Weiszer notes that this offseason Georgia has added four to the staff as quality control assistants: George Helow, Alex Jackson, Kelin Johnson and Jon Richt.  That brings the total of graduate assistants and quality control assistants to nine, an increase of three over what Georgia had last season listed as graduate assistants and program coordinators.

While that appears to be following the general trend in the conference to beef up the numbers on the non-coaching side, what’s interesting is that unlike what we’ve seen at several other schools, Georgia isn’t adding high-profile high school coaches to its support staff.  That indicates to me that Richt values what his coaching staff brings to the table on the recruiting front.  There seems to be a feeling that there’s more bang for the buck freeing his coaches up on the administrative side so that more time, even if it’s incremental, can be devoted to recruiting.

This next year is really going to be interesting in a lot of ways.

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16 responses to “Growing the organization chart

  1. I’m asking out of ignorance, anybody know what the typical job description of a “quality control” assistant is? I’m guessing a lot of scouting……not only opponents, but self scouting as well. They can’t be on the field but can they conduct film room study with the players and things like that? What other administrative responsibilities would they have, if they aren’t doing much with recruiting? I’m guessing the scouting alone takes a big load off the assistant coaches, just curious if there are other focal points.

    • that’s the impression I’ve always gotten. They help scout opponents, but more so help a team scout themselves. They fix details such as alignment, stances if an OL or DL has a tell, try to figure out what you do well, what you do poorly, determine if you are showing tendencies or other things that opponents can exploit, and fix issues that they can see simply by having more time to go in depth.

      • AusDawg85

        So which one was responsible for telling coach Grantham, “Coach…other teams seem to throw deep when our DB’s are flapping their arms before the snap.” Or “we sure do race to open spots on the field where there are no receivers.”?

        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          Maybe that’s why Grantham’s gone now–he didn’t have time for that sh!t.

          • 79dawg

            They can (and do) coach on the field during practice; however, they cannot be on the field or in the booth or have any role on gameday…

  2. Joe Schmoe

    Hopefully, researching special teams.

  3. Scorpio Jones, III

    We have hired successful high school coaches to help with recruiting in the past. Turns out high school coaches are more impressed with college coaches, or so it would seem.

  4. W Cobb Dawg

    I’m somewhat disappointed with CMR hiring his son for a position. Multimillionaire coach gives kid job because he can’t get gainful employment somewhere else? The kid should get started on his own feet somewhere else, for self-respect if for no other reason.

    Do my fellow commenters think CMR is helping him or hurting him?

    • Jon Richt, Mark Richt’s son and a former quarterback at Mars Hill (N.C.), is a volunteer quality control assistant.

      Since he’s not being paid, I don’t see it as that big of a deal. It’s a way for his son to get his feet somewhat wet in the coaching profession (the quality control guys can’t do any on-field coaching). I’d be surprised if this isn’t pretty common across the landscape.

      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        It’s the first step toward a career in coaching. I say “Good Luck” to the kid.

    • PTC DAWG

      He is not being paid, hopefully it will lead to bigger and better things. I see no issue with it myself.

  5. I Wanna Red Cup

    I suspect most any father would welcome a chance to help his son with his career.

  6. Keese

    The recruiting storyline that will play out over the next year really intrigues me

  7. WSS

    I’d like for a few of them to be number-crunchers to provide data on opponent probabilities…

  8. Normaltown Mike

    Glad to see an Ole war horse from the O-Line of those late Donnan early CMR years is back in the fold.