Temple’s Collins hired as Jackets’ new coach
Georgia Tech hired Temple coach Geoff Collins on Friday, choosing a Georgia native with a background in defense to replace Paul Johnson as the Yellow Jackets coach.
Collins, 47, is a former Florida and Mississippi State defensive coordinator and Georgia Tech assistant who was 15-10 in two seasons at Temple.
Georgia Tech announced plans for a news conference on Friday to introduce Collins, who has a history at the school.
Before his time at Florida (2015-16) and Mississippi State (2011-14), Collins was a graduate assistant and tight ends coach at Georgia Tech under coach George O’Leary from 1999-2001. He returned to serve as recruiting coordinator at Georgia Tech under coach Chan Gailey in 2006.
At his introductory news conference at Temple in December 2016, Collins paid homage to O’Leary as one of his mentors and said that O’Leary taught him toughness, work ethic and attention to detail.
Collins also spent a season as director of player personal at Alabama in 2007, Nick Saban’s first season leading the Crimson Tide.
Collins took plenty from his time from working for coach Nick Saban. Two lessons that he mentioned in an interview with Sports Illustrated in 2017:
“The opponent and scoreboard don’t matter. He talks about that all the time. You have to get better at what you do on a daily basis, doesn’t matter what your role is. Accept personal responsibility for your own self-determination. He says that all the time. And so every day, you come into this building as a player or a coach, you have a responsibility to do your job and to accept that responsibility and to be driven and motivated to do it.”
When announcing his decision to step down following 11 seasons at Georgia Tech on Nov. 28, Johnson said he will remain on the job through Georgia Tech’s game against Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit on Dec. 26.
Georgia Tech finished 7-5 in the regular season. Johnson compiled a record of 82-59 at Georgia Tech with three appearances in the ACC championship game.
Collins met with Georgia Tech athletics director Todd Stansbury in New York earlier this week and with the university president G.P. “Bud” Peterson in Atlanta on Thursday.
Collins, a Conyers, Georgia native, had an 8-4 record with a 7-1 mark in the American Athletic Conference this season. He took over for his close friend Matt Rhule last year, when Rhule left for Baylor.
Georgia Tech has hired Geoff Collins to replace Paul Johnson as the Yellow Jackets coach. Collins, a Conyers native, is a former Florida and Mississippi State defensive coordinator who was 15-10 in two seasons at Temple.