Carrying The Ball - Bohannon, KSU will be ready for football in 2015
by John Bednarowski
September 09, 2013 12:00 AM | 750 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
New KSU coach Brian Bohannon hit the ground running and already has two area players and one Cobb standout signed to play for the Owls in 2015.
New KSU coach Brian Bohannon hit the ground running and already has two area players and one Cobb standout signed to play for the Owls in 2015.
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Brian Bohannon grew up around football, and from his middle-school days on, he had a short list of things he wanted to accomplish. Those who know him best say he accomplished them all through hard work.

Bohannon was so sure of his projected path in life, he wrote a report about his life's ambition in the seventh grade that his mother kept.

"It is my desire to be a winner," he wrote. "I want to play football, and be a football coach."

At age 42, the Griffin native and Woodstock resident has already gone beyond his list. And now, he is the first head football coach at Kennesaw State University.

"I grew up on a football field," Bohannon said. "I had a lot of conversations (with my dad). He's His father, Lloyd, was the longtime coach at Griffin High School, compiling a career record of 156-58-1 from 1978-95. As a youngster, Brian would go with his father to practice after school, eventually playing for him from 1986-89.

Bohannon went on to letter four years at Georgia. He started his junior and senior seasons and was part of the 1992 team that won 10 games, tied for the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division championship and won the Citrus Bowl.

Brian Bohannon left a coaching stint at West Georgia when he got his first full-time coaching job as the wide receivers coach at Gardner-Webb, but his stay there was a short one. The following year, he was hired by Paul Johnson at Georgia Southern.

"We went 62-10 at Georgia Southern (from 1997-2001)," Bohannon said. "We won two national championships and played for a third. One day, he comes in and says, 'I have this opportunity to go somewhere,' and he asked, 'Do you want to go with me?' And I said yes."

In 2002, Johnson and Bohannon landed at the Naval Academy, a place that puts order above everything else.

Six years later, Johnson - and Bohannon - had another opportunity. This one was to come back to Georgia - not to coach the Bulldogs, but to go to their archrival, Georgia Tech.

Now, Bohannon's family - wife Melanie and children Blake, Braden and Brooke Anna - are Owls.

Bohannon said he has spent 17 great years with Johnson, and there were many other people who helped him to get where he is. His longtime mentor was happy that Bohannon was able to become Kennesaw State's first coach and offered him some advice as he embarks on his new challenge.

"He said, 'Be who you are,'" Bohannon said. "He's been unbelievably good to me. I owe a lot to coach Johnson." ]]>
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