Temple head football coach Geoff Collins has agreed to become Georgia Tech’s next head football coach according to reports.
The search for Georgia Tech’s 13th full-time head football coach is over. After an eight-day coaching search, Temple head football coach Geoff Collins is the man for the job according to The Athletic’s Jeff Schultz. Collins leaves the Owls after two seasons, collecting a 15-10 record with the Owls.
Collins was a graduate assistant for the Yellow Jackets during the 1999-2001 seasons under head coach George O’Leary. After his three years as a graduate assistant, he would move onto Western Carolina as their defensive coordinator from 2002 to 2005. In 2006, Collins returned to The Flats as Tech’s recruiting coordinator for one season. The 2007 recruiting class that he was responsible for was ranked 15th in the nation by 247Sports.
His next notable coaching job came in 2011 when he landed the co-defensive coordinator job with Mississippi State. He would get the nod to become the full-time defensive coordinator in 2013, a position he held till 2015. In 2015, Collins made the move to Florida as their defensive coordinator, once again holding the job for two seasons.
Collins then got his first head coaching job in 2016 when he replaced Matt Rhule at Temple. Rhule was coming off a fantastic stretch at Temple, delivering the program to new heights. Collins first year in Philadelphia didn’t go as some hoped, collecting a 7-6 total record. This season, the Owls started off slow but are now 8-4 as they head into their bowl game.
In terms of the Georgia Tech job, Collins did not become a hot name in the search until the beginning of this week and emerged late in the process as the lead candidate for the job. Once Ken Whisenhunt withdrew his name from consideration, Collins became the lead candidate. Now, he’ll become the 13th head coach of the Georgia Tech football program.
Georgia Tech has yet to confirm that Whisenhunt is the next head coach but if the reports are true, an announcement should come soon.