On Friday night, just after 7 p.m, Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury introduced Geoff Collins as the Georgia Tech football programs new head coach.
Geoff Collins was introduced on Friday night as Georgia Tech’s next head football coach and there are important takeaways from Collin’s first presser as Georgia Tech’s head coach. When exact quotes are provided, we’ll be sure to include them!
The first thing worth mentioning is that Collins is going to be at Tech full-time now and won’t be spending any time with Temple. He said his goodbyes to the players at Temple earlier today and then made his way down to Atlanta. He’ll be getting started immediately.
Georgia Tech is Collins’s “dream job”:
Coaches tend to throw out the word “dream job” sometimes when they earn jobs at Power 5 schools, sometimes it’s true, sometimes it’s not so true. That being said, with Collins, you can tell that the Georgia Tech job was truly a dream job for him. Collins discussed how he’s been waiting for over 20 years for this opportunity.
Throughout the press conference, Collins discussed at length his feelings about Georgia Tech and how he always loved being on The Flats from his time as a graduate assistant to his time as the recruiting coordinator in 2006.
When asked if Georgia Tech is the “end game” for him, Collins replied with a simple “Yes”. So for those who were worried about Collins potentially using Tech as a stepping stone, it seems that is unlikely unless a true top tier program comes along and eventually offers him a job. But that remains to be seen.
“Recruiting matters and that’s a huge priority for us.” – Geoff Collins.
Geoff Collins is known as a strong recruiter, there is no doubt about that. Collins signed five recruits during his second year as a graduate assistant and was a major part of important recruiting classes at Tech, Alabama, and UCF. When discussing Georgia Tech’s recruiting strategy going forward, he mentioned several key ideas;
- Collins’s “Three Pillar of Success”:
- 1) Branding
- 2) Culture
- 3) Recruiting
- Branding: Collins in his press conference talked deeply about branding and noted that Georgia Tech should and will have one of the strongest brands in the country. He noted that recruits choose schools because of their brand. He told the media that Tech will become one of the strongest brands in the country.
Based on his press conference, it appears that Collins in his recruiting pitch to recruits will be along the lines that, yes, Georgia Tech will challenge you academically but in the end, you will have a meaningful degree that some other schools just can’t offer.
Collins didn’t give too much insight into what his plans are with the coaching staff outside of saying he’s spent a ton of time thinking about it already and it seems to be a work in progress. He did mention however that his phone was blowing up with coaches who wanted to come in and work with Collins at Tech.
On the field:
On the field, Georgia Tech will play both NFL style offenses and defenses per Collins. All players will have to earn their spots and playing time as “nothing will be given” and that the program will be “entitlement-free”. Collins also stressed that he runs such schemes to give his players the best opportunity to go on and live their dreams in the NFL.
Collins’ and the rest of his future coaching staff will sit down and go through the roster management of the team to put players and the team in the best spots. He also mentioned that a few players (assuming recruits and eligible transfers) have also texted him regarding potentially coming to Tech.