Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner coaches up Justin Moore in an NCAA college basketball game against the Southern Jaguars at McCamish Pavilion on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/
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Josh Pastner to be named ‘Most Positive  Collegiate Coach’

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner will be named Georgia’s “Most Positive Collegiate Coach” by Positive Athlete Georgia.

Pastner will join 28 high school student-athletes, two coaches and two special award nominees in June who are all awarded for positivity in sports at the Fourth Annual Georgia Positive Athlete Awards.

Positive Athlete was created by former Georgia and Pittsburgh Steelers star Hines Ward and local businessman Scott Pederson to promote positivity in youth sports.

“We’re excited to be honoring Coach Pastner this year” Ward said in a statement released by Georgia Tech. “No one gave Georgia Tech basketball much of a chance to succeed this year, but Coach Pastner’s positive attitude was reflected through his players on the court through a tough ACC schedule all the way to the NIT finals.”

In his first season at Georgia Tech, Pastner was named ACC Coach of the Year and led the Yellow Jackets to the NIT Championship, finishing with a 21-16 overall record. 

Each athlete and coach nominated for a Positive Athlete award was successful on t and off the field. Nominees are chosen because they are optimistic, servant leaders, unafraid to make admit mistakes and recognize the team is more important than any player.

“I’m truly honored to be recognized by Positive Athlete Georgia,” Pastner said in a statement released by the University. “I’ve always been a positive energy person, and have tried to coach that way from the beginning. The impact that the organization has on the lives of young athletes is necessary and worthwhile. I want to offer my congratulations each of the winners, and salute their work in the community.”

The awards will be held on June 6 at the College Football Hall of Fame.

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