With the 2016 football season officially over, Georgia Tech and Paul Johnson announced the promotion of Craig Candeto to fill the QB/BB Coach role vacated by Bryan Cook, who took over the offensive coordinator duties at Georgia Southern earlier in the offseason.
Candeto is an experienced coach who will return to the sideline after a season as Georgia Tech’s Assistant Director of Football Operations. Prior to taking that position, Candeto spent one season on the Georgia Tech staff as a graduate assistant in 2010.
Paul Johnson and Candeto have a long history together. Candeto was the starting quarterback at Navy Johnson’s first two years in Annapolis. In 2003, his senior season, Candeto led the Midshipmen to an 8-5 record while passing and rushing for over 1,000 yards. After graduating, Candeto served five years as a fighter pilot in the Navy before being discharged for medical reasons.
Candeto started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Austin Peay and Georgia Tech. He spent two years as the QB/BB coach at The Citadel in 2011 and 2012 before taking the head coaching job at Division III Capital University, located in Columbus, Ohio. In his three seasons at Capital Candeto had a 9-21 record but boasted one of the best rushing offenses in Division III (307.3 ypg in 2015, 6th in D-III). Candeto returned to Georgia Tech last offseason after deciding he wanted to return to the highest level of college football and to the South.
This hire comes as no surprise and was the predicted outcome from the time that Cook announced his departure in December. Candeto will have his work cut out for him this offseason as he must develop the successor to Justin Thomas at QB and a capable backup to Dedrick Mills but the new coach is ready to get started.