Georgia Tech targets Brent Key as soccer coach

Georgia Tech has focused interim coach Brent Key as the varsity’s subsequent head coach, sources instructed ESPN on Tuesday.

The deal is anticipated to be finalized within the subsequent 24 hours, sources instructed ESPN.

Georgia Tech went 4-4 with Key because the interim coach as he took over a program that began the season 1-3 beneath Geoff Collins, who went 10-28 with the Yellow Jackets earlier than being fired Sept. 26.

Key led the Yellow Jackets to wins over Pitt, Duke, Virginia Tech and North Carolina as they completed 5-7, exhibiting dramatic upticks in vitality, efficiency and fundamentals.

Key is a former group captain and All-ACC offensive lineman at Tech, beginning 44 video games from 1997 to 2000. He returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach in 2019 and has served because the assistant head coach, run recreation coordinator and offensive line coach earlier than changing into the interim head coach.

The perimeters have been anticipated to satisfy Tuesday afternoon, and an settlement is anticipated to come back collectively quickly after. Key would be the first rent for brand spanking new athletic director J Batt, who got here from Alabama to assist revive Tech’s athletic division, which has struggled financially and athletically in current seasons.

The varsity interviewed 10 to 12 candidates, together with Tulane coach Willie Fritz, sources instructed ESPN.

Tech struggled to lure a giant outdoors title due to the varsity’s reluctance to ensure massive parts of the contract, with the quantity of assured cash a nonstarter for some candidates.

The varsity owes Collins greater than $11 million, and monetary issues are vital.