Pastner’s excitement was shared by two other coaches at Tech, women’s basketball coach MaChelle Joseph and baseball coach Danny Hall.
Joseph said that Adidas has focused attention on top high-school players in the past five or six years, bringing them together for camps.
“I think the recognizable name and how well Adidas has treated them really helps us on the back end when we’re recruiting them,” Joseph said. “‘Oh, yeah, we wear Adidas.’ ‘Well, Adidas has treated me so great, and I’ve had an opportunity to do this with Adidas.’ I just think that, as far as the recruiting side, for us it’s a home run.”
Hall was something of an Adidas early adapter. Encouraged by former Tech players now in the professional ranks who wear the brand, Hall signed an equipment contract with Adidas last year for the 2017 season. His Yellow Jackets use Adidas cleats, helmets, batting gloves, catching gear and bats. The team had previously worn Mizuno cleats and had Rawlings equipment.
“We’ve been in it a year, and it’s been great and I’m excited that’s who ended up getting our business,” Hall said.
Hall raved about uniform concepts that Adidas has shown him, including a cream-colored uniform and a throwback look. Critically, he likes the bats, too.
“They have a testing area right there at the headquarters (in Portland, Ore.),” Hall said. “I think there’s five engineers in there. I almost thought I was sitting here at Georgia Tech.”