The search is officially over, Georgia Tech football has their new head football coach.
Early Friday morning, we shared a report by The Athletic’s Jeff Schultz that Temple’s Geoff Collins was set to become the next head coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. But now, Georgia Tech has officially announced that Collins is the man for the job. They announcement came via tweet just before 10:20 a.m on Friday. He’s officially the 13th full-time head coach of the Yellow Jackets and the 16th overall.
The hiring of Collins comes nine days after Paul Johnson announced that he would be stepping down as Tech’s head coach after 11 seasons. He will still be coaching the Jackets through their Quick Lane Bowl game appearance against Minnesota on December 26th.
The announcement of Collins taking over the program also comes exactly 11 years after Paul Johnson was announced as Tech’s head coach as Wes Durham posted on Twitter. An official press conference is scheduled for 5 p.m according to Georgia Tech’s official press release.
For Collins, it will be his third stint on The Flats after spending time as a graduate assistant under George O’Leary from 1999 to 2001. He returned in 2006 and spent time as the Jackets recruiting coordinator, where he was responsible for the Jackets 15th ranked class nationally. Collins moved onto Alabama in 2007 and helped the Tide sign the nation’s third ranked recruiting class including players such as Mark Ingram and Julio Jones.
If history has proven anything with Collins, the Yellow Jackets are getting a tremendous recruiter who could help take the program to new heights. That being said, it won’t be an easy transition for Collins as he’s a defensive coach by trade meaning he’ll need to bring in a strong offensive staff to help with the transition from the triple-option offense.
Collins first game with the Yellow Jackets will come on August 29th, 2019 when the Jackets travel to Death Valley to take on the Clemson Tigers. It will also be the first game on the brand new ACC Network. The Jackets will also make a trip to Philadelphia on September 28th to take on Collins’ now former program, the Temple Owls.