Brian Bohannon Introduced as Kennesaw State Head Football Coach
KENNESAW, Ga. (March 26, 2013) –Before a standing-room only crowd inside the Kennesaw State locker room at Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Brian Bohannon was introduced as the Owls’ first-ever head football coach during a Tuesday morning press conference.
Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp and Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams made the official introduction of Bohannon, who joins the Owls family after serving the previous five years as quarterbacks/B-backs coach at Georgia Tech.
“This is a historic occasion for Kennesaw State University,” Papp said to open the press conference. “This is a day that is going to be hallmarked in KSU history along with our founding 50 years ago. When we began this effort to bring football on board, we started by putting together a football exploratory committee. Coach Vince Dooley headed that committee and we had tremendous efforts from our staff to help us arrive at this day.”
The introduction of Bohannon as head coach comes six weeks after the official announcement that Kennesaw State would be adding football and begin playing in the fall of 2015.
“When we started our search for a head coach, we looked for an individual who knows football, we found that individual. We looked for an individual who knows 21st century athletes, we found that individual. We were also looking for someone who knows the state of Georgia, we found that person,” Papp said. “We wanted someone who knows there are two words in student-athlete, both student and athlete. Brian Bohannon clearly knows what we are looking for to play football at this university.”
Williams followed and made the formal introduction.
“It’s a great day to be at Kennesaw State,” Williams said. “We’ve had an unbelievable start to 2013 with so many milestones and things that have fallen our way, and plenty more to do.
“This is a humongous task. We talk about somebody that embodies a champion. That will make our student-athletes champions both in the classroom and on the field. We’re impacting lives. We’re about the total student and total person,” Williams added. “So it was clear based on background and where he’s (Brian Bohannon) been that he embodies every fabric of what we want in a coach at KSU.
“He will lead us onto the gridiron in 2015. It’s our time,” Williams continued. “We are very excited for what the future brings to this institution and I can’t think of anyone else who I would want than Brian Bohannon, the first head football coach of your Kennesaw State Owls.”
A native of Griffin, Ga., Bohannon has 17 years of coaching experience at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) levels, all of which have come while working with Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson.
“Let me just first say how humbled and honored I am to be here today,” Bohannon said. “This is something you look forward to in our profession and I’m honored to be a part of an institution that is as special as this one is. I’m truly excited and it’s surreal for me to hear ‘first head football coach at Kennesaw State.’”
Throughout his remarks, Bohannon kept to the themes of family and faith and acknowledging the influences in his life.
“My family is important to me and that’s the culture I want to bring to KSU. People are excited to be here and to be in this department and that’s what I want to continue,” Bohannon said. “It was a surreal moment for me last night looking back on what’s gotten me to this podium today. I started out on the field at age eight with my mom dropping me off. I’ve watched my dad coach and that’s what I’ve learned from. It’s had a huge effect on me and my path here today.
“My family, the coaches I’ve worked with, they’ve all been influential and I can’t thank them enough and I’ll never be able to,” Bohannon added. “This is the plan laid out for me and I’ve followed it and that’s why I’m here today.”
A four-year letter winner and standout as a wide receiver at Georgia, Bohannon started his coaching career at West Georgia before earning his first full-time position at Gardner-Webb (N.C.) as wide receivers coach in 1996. He also has coached at Georgia Southern, Navy and Georgia Tech.
Bohannon earned his bachelor's degree in general business from Georgia in 1993 and a master's in business education from West Georgia in 1996. He is married to the former Melanie Cobb and they have three children, sons Blake Patrick and Braden Thomas, and daughter Brooke Anna.
What They’re Saying About Brian Bohannon
"I am happy for Brian that he has an opportunity to be a head coach and to start up a new program. He will be a great representative of Kennesaw State, he will work extremely hard and he will be successful."
– Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson
“I commend Athletic Director Vaughn Williams for a superb choice among some top candidates for the Head Football Coach at Kennesaw State University. Brian Bohannon has an excellent background in the state of Georgia both as a player and coach at the University of Georgia, Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech. I know President Dan Papp highly approves of an individual with such a strong character background who will be a great ambassador for Kennesaw State University. I look forward to him leading this new and exciting program.”
– Legendary Head Football Coach Vince Dooley
“Kennesaw State and Mr. Vaughn Williams hired the right man to lead and to build their football program. Brian Bohannon is as good of a football coach as there is in the country. He is a masterful teacher, a relentless recruiter and is a person of unquestionable character and integrity. Having played football at the University of Georgia and coaching at Georgia Southern, and Georgia Tech he obviously has deep roots in the state of Georgia. There is no doubt in my mind that Brian will be a very successful head coach.”
– Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo
“Brian Bohannon will be an outstanding head coach at Kennesaw State. He will lead with integrity, humility, and class, putting the mission of the institution and the development of student-athletes first. This is a great hire for KSU, one that I know will be a source of pride for the entire University. I am thrilled for Brian and his family. Great things are ahead for Kennesaw State under his leadership.”
– Georgia Southern head coach Jeff Monken
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