June 16, 2004
Athens- Not long after Georgia had returned from their last trip to the College World Series three years ago, head coach Ron Polk left Athens to return to Mississippi State.
Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley then started a nationwide search to find a big name coach to replace Polk.
After several top coaches turned down the Georgia job, Dooley turned to the man Ron Polk recommended on his way out of town, then assistant coach David Perno.
Ron Polk knew then what everyone in the Southeastern Conference now knows and that is David Perno is one of the top coaches in college baseball.
In less than three years, Perno has won more than 100 games and taken Georgia to their fourth College World Series.
In fact, Perno has been a part of three CWS teams at Georgia.
He played on the 1990 national champion squad and of course was an assistant coach in 2001.
And as he prepares for his first College World Series as a head coach, David Perno says the focus has to be on the team and not the coach.
David Perno said "Right now is no time to pat yourself on the back. If you expect those guys to focus and block out the distractions, you have got to do the same. We are just going to prepare like we have the last two weeks. "
David Perno has already been co-coach of the year in the Southeastern Conference and national coach of the year by Collegebaseballinsider.com.
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