Lloyd McIntosh, sports editor
Atlanta — Georgia Tech has made it official. Hewitt Trussville alumnus Brent his key, and currently serves as his coach for his Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
The announcement was made on Tuesday, November 28, just three days after the Yellow Jackets wrapped up the 2022 season. Key, who was appointed interim head coach early in the season, led Georgia Tech to a 5-7 record, but was fired after a dismal 1-3 record. Since Collins left, they have gone 4-4. Season start.
Key’s four wins in the final eight weeks of the season is the most wins the Yellow Jackets have won in the past three seasons, and the most overall five wins since 2018.
Key’s wins included a road win against nationally-ranked opponent No. 24 Pitt in his first game as interim head coach on October 1, and a win over No. 11 North Carolina on November 19. was Back up Zach Pylon, a true freshman and alumnus of Pinson Valley High School.
“I want you to know that we’ve done thorough research and talked to a lot of people across this country,” track and field director J. Bratt said of the Georgia Tech athletes who gathered for the announcement. explained to
“I think I’ve found the right person to guide you, so I’m very happy to introduce you to our new head football coach,” Bratt continued as Key appeared from behind the scenes to the enthusiastic reaction of the players. rice field.
“I am proud and grateful to be the head coach of my alma mater, Georgia Tech,” Key said. “(Dr. Ángel) I cannot thank President Cabrera, J, and everyone who cooperated in the search enough to trust me to lead our program.
Key graduated from Hewitt Trussville in 1996 and played college football for Georgia Tech from 1997-2001. During his four seasons at Atlanta, Key started all of his 44 games at right guard, and for the first time since 1953–56, Key played Georgia Tech with four straight he led the team to bowl his game. was a member
After 11 years as an assistant coach at the University of Central Florida and three seasons as an offensive line coach under Nick Saban at the University of Alabama, he returned to Atlanta in 2019 as an assistant head coach under Collins.
Key has also been recognized for his efforts as a recruiter while in Alabama. He was voted the #2 recruiter in the United States. 247 sports For his achievements in the 2019 Crimson Tide recruiting class and his efforts in the 2020 class, he was recognized as the #1 recruiter in the nation.
In a press statement shortly after the official announcement, Key said he was proud and excited to have the opportunity to lead his alma mater.
“As I’ve said many times over the past two months, I love this team and couldn’t be more excited to be their head coach. We will work incredibly hard to make you proud,” Key said.
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported our team over the past two months and ask for your continued support as we begin work for next season. !”
Georgia Tech President Ángel Cabrera said: “As an alum, he understands and deeply cares about this place and our extraordinary student-athletes. I will do everything in my power to help you grow.
Key and wife Danielle have a daughter, Harper.