Jim Panagos
Defensive Line

Jim Panagos

Defensive Line

Year at Tech 1st
Alma Mater Maryland, 1993
Jim Panagos

Biography

Regarded as one of college football’s best motivators, Jim Panagos is in his first season as Georgia Tech’s defensive line coach.

Panagos is a 26-year coaching veteran whose experience spans the high-school, college and NFL levels. He comes to Tech after two seasons as defensive line coach at Temple under head coach Geoff Collins. He also served as Temple’s assistant head coach in 2018, when the Owls produced one of college football’s best defenses.

In 2017, he was nominated for the Broyles Award (nation’s best assistant coach) and in 2009, he was named National Defensive Line Coach of the Year.

Panagos, who was a defensive lineman as a student-athlete at Maryland, and his wife, Maureen, have three children: Jack, Hayden and Olivia.

THE JIM PANAGOS FILE
 PERSONAL
 HometownEast Islip, N.Y.
 FamilyWife: Maureen;
Children: Jack, Hayden and Olivia
 Alma MaterMaryland, 1993
PLAYING EXPERIENCE
 1989-92Maryland (DL)
COACHING EXPERIENCE
1993MarylandDefensive Line Assistant
1994-97C.R. James Alternative School (Tampa, Fla.)Assistant Coach
2002-04Minnesota VikingsQuality Control Assistant
2005Minnesota VikingsDefensive Line Assistant
2007-11UCFDefensive Line
2012-15RutgersDefensive Line
2016PittDefensive Consultant
2017TempleDefensive Line
2018TempleAssistant Head Coach/Defensive Line
2019-Georgia TechDefensive Line

FULL BIOGRAPHY

Regarded as one of college football’s best motivators, Jim Panagos is in his first season as Georgia Tech’s defensive line coach.

Panagos came to Georgia Tech from Temple, where he spent two seasons on head coach Geoff Collins’ staff.

He joined Collins’ staff at Temple as defensive line coach in 2017 and was promoted to assistant head coach in 2018. He was part of a defensive staff that helped the Owls rank among the top three nationally in defensive touchdowns (8 – 1st), forced turnovers (31 – 3rd) and fumble recoveries (13 – 3rd) and among the American Athletic Conference’s top three teams in total defense (2nd), passing defense (2nd), three-and-outs (2nd) and scoring defense (3rd) in 2018.

“Jimmy and I have worked together for a lot of years over the past decade,” Collins said about Panagos. “He does a great job motivating his defensive line, getting them to play with relentless effort. He’s a great recruiter. He’ll bring a lot of intensity and passion to The Flats.”

Panagos’ 26 years of coaching experience includes four seasons on the same staff as Collins – first as defensive line coach at UCF when Collins coached the Knights’ linebackers in 2008-09 and, most recently, as Collins’ defensive line coach (2017-18) and assistant head coach (2018) at Temple.

Panagos has coached defensive linemen throughout his career, including at Temple (2017-18), Rutgers (2012-15), UCF (2007-11) and as a defensive-line assistant with the Minnesota Vikings (2005) and at his alma mater, Maryland (1993).

His coaching career also includes four years as an assistant coach at C.R. James Alternative School in Tampa, Fla. (where he also taught mathematics), three seasons as a quality-control assistant for the Vikings (2002-04) and one season as a defensive consultant at Pitt (2016).

His career highlights include being nominated for the Broyles Award (nation’s top assistant coach) after Temple notched 39 sacks and 92 tackles for loss in 2017, helping coach the nation’s No. 4-ranked defense at UCF in 2011 and being named FootballScoop’s National Defensive Line Coach of the Year at UCF in 2009.

“I am excited to be at Georgia Tech,” Panagos said. “The exceptional student-athletes, the great city of Atlanta and the ACC make this a unique opportunity. I can’t wait to get started.”

Panagos played defensive line at Maryland from 1989-92, earning two letters and leading the Terrapins with five sacks and 12 TFL as a senior in 1992. He graduated from Maryland in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He and his wife, Maureen, have three children: Jack, Hayden and Olivia.