Jeff Popovich
Cornerbacks/Defensive Special Teams Coordinator

Jeff Popovich

Cornerbacks/Defensive Special Teams Coordinator

Year at Tech 1st
Alma Mater Miami (Fla.), 2000
Jeff Popovich

Biography

Jeff Popovich joined Georgia Tech’s football staff in 2019 as cornerbacks coach and defensive special teams coordinator (kickoff and punt coverage).

Popovich has 14 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and professional levels, most recently as cornerbacks coach at Boise State in 2018. His resume also includes two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and stints at UTSA, Florida International and his alma mater, Miami (Fla.).

He was a three-time academic all-Big East honoree as a defensive back and special-teams standout at Miami and went on to play professionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons and NFL Europe’s Barcelona Dragons.

Popovich and his wife, Lara, have two daughters – Sayle and Copeleigh.

THE JEFF POPOVICH FILE
 PERSONAL
 HometownTucson, Ariz.
 FamilyWife: Lara;
Children: Sayle and Copeleigh
 Alma MaterMiami (Fla.), 2000
PLAYING EXPERIENCE
 1996-99Miami (DB)
 2000Tampa Bay Buccaneers
 2001Barcelona Dragons (NFL Europe)
 2001Atlanta Falcons
COACHING EXPERIENCE
2005-06Miami (Fla.)Graduate Assistant
2007-11Florida InternationalDefensive Backs/Pro Liaison
2012Florida InternationalDefensive Backs/Special Teams Coordinator/Pro Liaison
2013-15UTSACornerbacks
2016Indianapolis ColtsAssistant to the Head Coach
2017Indianapolis ColtsQuality Control Assistant (Defense)
2018Boise StateCornerbacks
2019-Georgia TechCornerbacks/Defensive Special Teams Coordinator

FULL BIOGRAPHY

Jeff Popovich joined Georgia Tech’s football staff in 2019 as cornerbacks coach and defensive special teams coordinator (kickoff and punt coverage).

Popovich has 14 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and professional levels, most recently as cornerbacks coach at Boise State in 2018. In his lone season on Boise State’s staff, the Broncos rank among the nation’s top 40 teams in third-down defense (.311), takeaways (24), scoring defense (22.1 ppg) and total defense (355.9 ypg).

He and Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins first coached together as members of Florida International’s staff in 2010 (Collins as defensive coordinator, Popovich as defensive backs coach), where they helped lead FIU to the school’s first-ever Conference USA championship and bowl berth.

“I’m very excited to have Jeff join our coaching staff here in Atlanta,” Collins said. “We had great success together at FIU coaching an elite, conference-championship defense. He will bring tremendous energy, enthusiasm and expertise to our secondary and our special teams at Georgia Tech.”

Popovich’s 14-year career includes 12 seasons at the NCAA Division I FBS level at Boise State, UTSA (cornerbacks coach – 2013-15), Florida International (defensive backs – 2007-12) and his alma mater, Miami (Fla.) (graduate assistant – 2005-06). In addition to serving as DBs coach at FIU, Popovich was also the program’s pro liaison for his entire six-season stint and was the Panthers’ special teams coordinator in his final season (2012). He also spent two seasons with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, first as an assistant to head coach Chuck Pagano in 2016, then as a defensive quality control assistant in 2017.

A Tucson, Ariz. native, Popovich walked on at Miami but became a major contributor for the Hurricanes as a defensive back and special teams standout, recording 154 tackles in 46 career games (1996-99). He was a three-time academic all-Big East honoree and went on to play professionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2000), NFL Europe’s Barcelona Dragons (2001) and the Atlanta Falcons (2001).

“I’m excited to be a part of a program with so much tradition and success,” Popovich said. “Coach Collins is a dynamic leader with great vision. He has been a mentor of mine ever since we worked together at FIU. My family and I are honored to be Yellow Jackets and I can’t wait to get rollin’ in the 404!”

Popovich earned bachelor’s (biomedical engineering – 2000) and master’s (international finance – 2007) degrees from Miami. He and his wife, Lara, have two daughters – Sayle and Copeleigh.