Tech football staffers offering encouragement to youngster whose football career has been cut short by injury
Preston Pehrson begins his fourth year with the Georgia Tech football program as a graduate assistant coach, working primarily with the offense.
Before coming to Atlanta in 2011, Pehrson worked one spring as a graduate assistant at Lamar University. In the fall of 2010, he served as outside linebackers coach and assistant tight ends coach at Houston Christian High School in Texas.
Growing up in Annapolis, Md., Pehrson was an all-state performer in both football and baseball at Broadneck High School. After high school, Pehrson attended Jacksonville University for two years and played two seasons with the Dolphins baseball team. He then transferred to the University of Texas for one year before finishing his college career at Towson University.
Pehrson earned his degree in sports management with a minor in business from Towson University in 2009.
In 2007, Pehrson was taken in the 47th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Baltimore Orioles and played two years in the minor leagues.
Born Sept. 25, 1984, in Salt Lake City, Pehrson and wife, Kim, reside in Atlanta with their young daughter Austin.