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Dave Walkosky, who has previously worked as a head coach and assistant coach on the collegiate level, and more recently as an assistant in the Canadian Football League, enters his second season as Georgia Tech's special teams coach.
Walkosky is the first special teams-only coach in Paul Johnson's tenure as the Yellow Jacket head coach.
In Walkosky's first season on the Flats, the Yellow Jackets made great strides in special teams despite mid-season injuries to the starting punter and kicker. For much of the 2012 season, Tech used a non-scholarship kicker and a true freshman punter.
Tech ranked 16th nationally in punt returns (12.6 yards per return) after ranking 61st the previous season. The Jackets ranked 25th nationally in kick returns after ranking 108th in 2011. Tech also ranked 14th nationally in punt return defense. Prior to the 2012 season, Georgia Tech had not returned a kickoff for a touchdown since 1998, yet the Yellow Jackets returned two kicks for scores -- both by sophomore Jamal Golden -- in 2012. Golden finished the season ranked third in the ACC in both kickoff and punt return average, and he was the only player in the nation to rank in the top 10 of both categories nationally.
Three Yellow Jacket kickers combined to make 11-of-18 field goal attempts. On kickoffs, David Scully had 21 touchbacks. The previous season, Tech kickers had just eight touchbacks.
Midway through the 2012 season, Walkosky also coached the Yellow Jacket defensive line and contributed to Tech's defense making significant improvements the final half of the season. Over the final eight games of the season, Tech averaged a sack once every 12 pass attempts. The defense held Florida State scoreless in the second half of the ACC Championship Game, then limited USC to seven points total on the Hyundai Sun Bowl.
Walkosky came to the Flats after serving one season (2011) as linebackers coach for the Calgary Stampeders. After helping lead the Stampeders to an 11-7 record, he was promoted in the off-season to defensive coordinator.
Prior to working in the CFL, Walkosky spent 19 years on the college level as a Division II head coach and Division I defensive coordinator and assistant coach. From 2008-10, Walkosky served as head coach of Division II Tiffin University in Ohio.
Among the players Walkosky recruited to Tiffin was Chris Ivory, who now plays running back in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints.
Before his three-year stint as Tiffin's head coach, Walkosky spent one season (2007) as special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach at Washington State. Walkosky was an assistant coach at Toledo from 1999-2006, working with the linebackers, defensive backs and special teams. During his eight seasons at Toledo, the Rockets produced eight winning seasons, appeared in four bowl games, won two Mid-American Conference championships and six MAC West Division titles. In 2006, Toledo's defense led the MAC in both scoring defense and total defense, and Walkosky's defensive secondary intercepted 11 passes, three of which were returned for touchdowns.
While at Toledo, seven of his 15 special teams units were ranked in the top 15 nationally. The Rockets blocked 24 kicks in his eight seasons. In 2003, Toledo ranked third nationally in punt returns (16.1) and fifth in net punting (42.3).
Walkosky also enjoyed outstanding recruiting success while at Toledo. During his eight seasons with the Rockets, he recruited eight team captains. Walkosky recruited and coached Lance Moore, who has played in the NFL since 2005, and Bruce Gradkowski, a quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. At Toledo, Walkosky also coached Tennessee Titans punter Brett Kern and wide receiver/punt returner Andrew Hawkins.
Prior to working at his alma mater, Walkosky was an assistant coach at Memphis (1992-94), Waynesburg College (1995-96) and Tennessee-Martin (1997-98). Walkosky wore a number of hats at Waynesburg. In addition to working as assistant football coach, he served as the head baseball coach and sports information director.
Walkosky began his playing career as a walk-on at Toledo, but quickly earned a scholarship in his first season with the Rockets and ultimately earned four varsity letters. As a junior, he emerged with the starting job at safety and, as a senior in 1990, Walkosky was the second-leading tackler on a team that was the MAC co-champion.
A native of Steubenville, Ohio, Walkosky earned his bachelor's degree in education from Toledo. He holds a Master's degree in athletic administration from Memphis. Walkosky and wife, the former Dr. Wendy Batchelor, have four sons: Paulo, Nicolo, Matteo and Giano.