Georgia Tech hires former Terp assistant coach

footballGeorgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson has hired former Maryland assistant Ray Rychleski.

The Pennsylvania native joins Georgia Tech after a one-year stint coaching in the Canadian Football League. Rychleski has also held collegiate coaching stints at Temple, Penn State, Wake Forest and South Carolina.

Rychleski, who has more than 30 years of coaching experience, will work with the Yellow Jacket special teams and help coach the offensive line.

“I have always been impressed with Georgia Tech and Paul Johnson,” said Rychleski. “This is an opportunity to be part of a great football program and an outstanding coaching staff. I can’t wait to get started working alongside of Coach [Mike] Sewak on the offensive line and with our special teams.”

Rychleski spent the 2013 season in the Canadian Football League as an assistant coach with the Montreal Alouettes after spending the three previous seasons as a special teams coordinator for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.

In Indianapolis, Rychleski was part of a coaching staff that won two AFC South Division titles. The 2009 Colts team opened the season by winning 14 consecutive games on their road to Super Bowl XLIV.

During his tenure at Maryland from 2001 to 2007, Rychleski was the Terrapins’ special teams coordinator and tight ends coach under then-head coach Ralph Friedgen. The team compiled a 56-31 record, winning an ACC championship and participating in five bowl games, winning three in a row. He also helped Maryland win 10 or more games in three straight seasons, which was a first in school history.

 “I am excited to have Ray as part of our coaching staff,” said Johnson. “He brings a great deal of experience, he’s been successful at a number of places, and I think he will fit in well with our staff.”

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