Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech beat writer

Ken Sugiura covers Georgia Tech sports for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He started at the AJC in 1998 and has covered a variety of beats, mostly within sports.

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Depleted Georgia Tech hammered by Louisville
 Georgia Tech lost Saturday to Louisville, which was predictable. The Yellow Jackets were without valuable point guard Jose Alvarado, key forward Abdoulaye Gueye and sixth man Brandon Alston, out because of, respectively, a groin injury, an unspecified medical condition and a personal matter. But the manner in which the  Jackets were overrun...

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Georgia Tech lost Saturday to Louisville, which was predictable. The Yellow Jackets were without valuable point guard Jose Alvarado, key forward Abdoulaye Gueye and sixth man Brandon Alston, out because of, respectively, a groin injury, an unspecified medical condition and a personal matter. But the manner in which the Jackets were overrun...
3 key players sidelined for Georgia Tech
 After plugging away to a 10-7 record with a challenging defense and an improving offense, Georgia Tech now faces rough waters. Point guard Jose Alvarado (groin), forward Abdoulaye Gueye (unspecified medical condition) and guard Brandon Alston (personal matter) will not play in Saturday’s 4 p.m. home game against Louisville, and it&rsquo...

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After plugging away to a 10-7 record with a challenging defense and an improving offense, Georgia Tech now faces rough waters. Point guard Jose Alvarado (groin), forward Abdoulaye Gueye (unspecified medical condition) and guard Brandon Alston (personal matter) will not play in Saturday’s 4 p.m. home game against Louisville, and it&rsquo...
Tech wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon feeling the excitement
 As icebreakers go, Kerry Dixon had a pretty good one. Telling a wide receiver, “Hi, I’m going to help you catch way more passes” has a way of making an impression. So it went for Dixon, Georgia Tech’s new wide receivers coach. “Just excited about the change and being more primary than (tertiary),” Dixon...

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As icebreakers go, Kerry Dixon had a pretty good one. Telling a wide receiver, “Hi, I’m going to help you catch way more passes” has a way of making an impression. So it went for Dixon, Georgia Tech’s new wide receivers coach. “Just excited about the change and being more primary than (tertiary),” Dixon...
5 takeaways from Georgia Tech’s loss to Clemson
 Observations, quotes and stats from Georgia Tech’s 72-60 loss to Clemson on Wednesday night at Littlejohn Coliseum. After Clemson scored the first 14 points of the game, the Yellow Jackets closed the gap to 35-30 at halftime with a closing 10-0 run. It would make the first few minutes of the second half critical. And then the Jackets...

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Observations, quotes and stats from Georgia Tech’s 72-60 loss to Clemson on Wednesday night at Littlejohn Coliseum. After Clemson scored the first 14 points of the game, the Yellow Jackets closed the gap to 35-30 at halftime with a closing 10-0 run. It would make the first few minutes of the second half critical. And then the Jackets...
Shorthanded Jackets fall hard to Clemson
 The losses were many when Georgia Tech traveled up I-85 for its perennial loss on Clemson’s home court, this time a 72-60 defeat to the Tigers Wednesday night at Littlejohn Coliseum. After riding up with the team on Tuesday, forward Abdoulaye Gueye was sent back before the game with what coach Josh Pastner obliquely called “an...

Posted: 2 days ago

The losses were many when Georgia Tech traveled up I-85 for its perennial loss on Clemson’s home court, this time a 72-60 defeat to the Tigers Wednesday night at Littlejohn Coliseum. After riding up with the team on Tuesday, forward Abdoulaye Gueye was sent back before the game with what coach Josh Pastner obliquely called “an...
Shiel Wood, John Sisk now at Georgia State
 Two former Georgia Tech coaches on Paul Johnson’s staff have found jobs at Georgia State. Shiel Wood, who coached safeties at Tech this past season, has been hired to be the cornerbacks coach for coach Shawn Elliott, according to a person familiar with the situation. Georgia State has also hired John Sisk as head strength coach for...

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Two former Georgia Tech coaches on Paul Johnson’s staff have found jobs at Georgia State. Shiel Wood, who coached safeties at Tech this past season, has been hired to be the cornerbacks coach for coach Shawn Elliott, according to a person familiar with the situation. Georgia State has also hired John Sisk as head strength coach for...
Georgia Tech football schedule released
 Georgia Tech’s 12-game schedule for coach Geoff Collins’ first season as head coach of the Yellow Jackets was released Wednesday by the ACC, and it contains at least a couple of quirks. The first is that the Jackets will play one of their first four ACC games at home, followed by three of the final four at Bobby Dodd Stadium....

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Georgia Tech’s 12-game schedule for coach Geoff Collins’ first season as head coach of the Yellow Jackets was released Wednesday by the ACC, and it contains at least a couple of quirks. The first is that the Jackets will play one of their first four ACC games at home, followed by three of the final four at Bobby Dodd Stadium....
Understanding Georgia Tech’s elite defense against 3-pointers
 It was the opening possession of the second half of Georgia Tech’s game against then-No. 9 Virginia Tech last Wednesday at McCamish Pavilion. On the left wing, Virginia Tech guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker dribbled once towards the basket, drawing forward Khalid Moore out of the Yellow Jackets’ zone to confront him while forward...

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It was the opening possession of the second half of Georgia Tech’s game against then-No. 9 Virginia Tech last Wednesday at McCamish Pavilion. On the left wing, Virginia Tech guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker dribbled once towards the basket, drawing forward Khalid Moore out of the Yellow Jackets’ zone to confront him while forward...
Georgia Tech begins offseason workout program
 Georgia Tech began its offseason workout program on Tuesday, its first under the leadership of new strength and conditioning coach Lewis Caralla. As part of the program, the entire team was split into 10 teams that will compete against one another, with points awarded in weekly competitions testing strength, speed and agility, by results...

Posted: 4 days ago

Georgia Tech began its offseason workout program on Tuesday, its first under the leadership of new strength and conditioning coach Lewis Caralla. As part of the program, the entire team was split into 10 teams that will compete against one another, with points awarded in weekly competitions testing strength, speed and agility, by results...
Former Miami strength coach Gus Felder joins Tech strength staff
 The coaching carousel has delivered Miami’s former strength and conditioning coach to Georgia Tech. The hire of Gus Felder, whom former Hurricanes coach Mark Richt brought with him from Georgia to lead Miami’s strength and conditioning staff, was announced Monday. Felder was Miami’s strength and conditioning coach for the...

Posted: 4 days ago

The coaching carousel has delivered Miami’s former strength and conditioning coach to Georgia Tech. The hire of Gus Felder, whom former Hurricanes coach Mark Richt brought with him from Georgia to lead Miami’s strength and conditioning staff, was announced Monday. Felder was Miami’s strength and conditioning coach for the...
Tech cornerbacks coach Jeff Popovich was once on ‘Bachelorette’
 Georgia Tech cornerbacks coach Jeff Popovich has likely made a small piece of history with his hire by coach Geoff Collins. In the history of the five power conferences, it’s highly probable that no team has ever had a coach whose past work history includes these two gems: Abercrombie and Fitch catalog model and contestant on &ldquo...

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Georgia Tech cornerbacks coach Jeff Popovich has likely made a small piece of history with his hire by coach Geoff Collins. In the history of the five power conferences, it’s highly probable that no team has ever had a coach whose past work history includes these two gems: Abercrombie and Fitch catalog model and contestant on &ldquo...