Geoff Collins was named the 20th head coach in Georgia Tech football history on Dec. 7, 2018. He is widely regarded as one of college football’s top young coaches and recruiters.
A metro-Atlanta native, Collins came to Georgia Tech after recording 15 wins in two seasons as head coach at Temple. He returns to The Flats after having previously served as a graduate assistant, tight ends coach and director of player personnel at Tech.
Prior to becoming head coach at Temple, Collins was one of the nation’s most respected defensive coordinators, serving in the role at Florida, Mississippi State, FIU and his alma mater, Western Carolina. He is the only coach to ever be nominated for the Broyles Award, given to college football’s top assistant coach, at three different schools.
Collins played outside linebacker and defensive back at Western Carolina. He is married to the former Jennifer Haynes and they have a daughter, Astrid (2).
|THE GEOFF COLLINS FILE|
|Alma Mater||Western Carolina, 1994|
|1989-92||Western Carolina (OLB/DB)|
|1993-94||Western Carolina||Student Assistant|
|1995||Franklin (N.C.) H.S.||Assistant Coach|
|1999-2000||Georgia Tech||Graduate Assistant|
|2001||Georgia Tech||Tight Ends|
|2002-05||Western Carolina||Defensive Coordinator|
|2006||Georgia Tech||Recruiting Coordinator|
|2007||Alabama||Director of Player Personnel|
|2010||Florida International||Defensive Coordinator|
|2011-12||Mississippi State||Co-Defensive Coordinator|
|2013-14||Mississippi State||Defensive Coordinator|
|2019-||Georgia Tech||Head Coach|
Geoff Collins, an Atlanta area native and a former Georgia Tech football staff member who led Temple to two bowl games in two seasons as the Owls’ head coach, was named the 20th football head coach in Georgia Tech history on Dec. 7, 2018.
Collins compiled a 15-10 record in his two seasons at Temple, including an 8-4 record and 7-1 mark in the American Athletic Conference this season, when the Owls’ only conference loss came at No. 8-ranked and undefeated UCF. His 15 victories at Temple are the most ever by a head coach in his first two seasons at the school.
In his first season at TU, Collins’ Owls won the 2017 Gasparilla Bowl with a 28-3 victory over Florida International, good for Temple’s first bowl win since 2011. In 2018, the Owls earned a berth in the Independence Bowl.
Prior to becoming head coach at Temple, Collins was one of the nation’s most respected defensive coordinators, serving in the role at Florida (2015-16), Mississippi State (2013-14, co-DC: 2011-12), FIU (2010) and his alma mater, Western Carolina (2002-05). He is the only coach to ever be nominated for the Broyles Award, given to college football’s top assistant coach, at three different schools (FIU – 2010, Mississippi State – 2014 and Florida – 2015).
Collins’ 26-year career also includes a pair of stints at Georgia Tech, as a graduate assistant (1999-2000), then tight ends coach (2001) under head coach George O’Leary from 1999-2001 and as recruiting coordinator under head coach Chan Gailey in 2006. During his first three-season stint as a G.A. at Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets were 25-12 with three-consecutive bowl appearances. As the Jackets’ recruiting coordinator in 2006, he led the efforts to land a recruiting class that included Derrick Morgan (all-American, first-round NFL Draft pick), Morgan Burnett (all-American, third-round NFL Draft pick), Joshua Nesbitt (quarterbacked GT to two ACC Championship Games) and Jonathan Dwyer (the sixth-leading rusher in GT history).
Collins’ coaching career also includes stops at Western Carolina (student assistant – 1993-94), Franklin (N.C.) H.S. (assistant coach – 1995), Fordham (linebackers coach – 1996), Albright (defensive coordinator – 1997-98), Alabama (director of player personnel – 2007) and UCF (linebackers coach/recruiting coordinator – 2007).
In addition to helping Georgia Tech land the highest-rated recruiting class in program history in 2006-07, he helped Alabama sign the No. 1 class in the nation in 2007-08. Alabama’s 2008 signing class included running back Mark Ingram, who went on to become the first Heisman Trophy winner in Crimson Tide history in 2009.
As a student-athlete, Collins totaled 194 career tackles as an outside linebacker and defensive back at Western Carolina (1989-92). He had 68 tackles and six tackles for loss as a junior and helped lead WCU to a 7-4 record with 62 stops, including five behind the line of scrimmage, as a senior.
Originally from Conyers, Ga. in the Atlanta metro area, Collins, 47, is married to the former Jennifer Haynes. They have a daughter, Astrid (2).
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT GEOFF COLLINS
“I am really happy for Geoff and his entire family. When you look at a guy like Geoff and the energy that he brings, the excitement he brings to the sidelines, the juice he has on a daily basis, he will do a great job. I think he will do an amazing job and I think it’s a great hire for Georgia Tech.”
– Dan Mullen, Head Coach, University of Florida
“I’m thrilled for Coach Collins to get this opportunity at Georgia Tech. I learned a lot playing under him at the University of Florida as he helped mold us into one of the top defensive units in the country. It will be good to have him in Atlanta and I know he’ll put together a strong program.”
– Brian Poole, Cornerback, Atlanta Falcons
“Congratulations to Georgia Tech on a great hire! Geoff Collins is not only an innovative mind but he relates to today’s players as well as any coach in the country. With the recruiting base around Atlanta and the incredible academics that Georgia Tech has to offer, the Jackets are poised to build on their football tradition with Coach Collins at the helm!”
– Kirk Herbstreit, College Football Analyst, ESPN