With the departure of Paul Johnson from Georgia Tech, Georgia Tech football had a chance to reenergize their football program and Geoff Collins has been the perfect man for that job so far.
Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins is no stranger to either Atlanta or Georgia Tech and that familiarity has already taken hold as he tries to seize upon the energy that only Atlanta could possibly provide. Collins brings with him a swagger in his style that this team was missing for the last few years of the Paul Johnson era. He has put together a staff of true-blue chip recruiters and Tech alumni re-engaging members of football teams past to help drive the teams of the future.
His staff has already hit the ground running in the recruiting trail both to finish off the 2019 recruiting class and future recruiting classes. It has been difficult to keep up with the whirlwind of places that Collins has been the last few weeks between solidifying his staff, recruiting, or making appearances at basketball games all with Waffle House cup in hand. Coach Collins has been everywhere drumming up excitement everywhere he goes for the new era of Georgia Tech Football.
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He has also changed the way that the football team is run from a personnel perspective, employing titles like General Manager, and director of applied science. The hiring of Brent Key has been one of the highlight hires of the moment and the entire staff as constructed is talented not only in coaching but also recruiting.
Collins is also bringing flexibility to the team that is missing from other programs in terms of personnel and positioning. No player is locked into a position just because they have played their careers in that spot. He will bring offensive players to defense and vice versa. At the end of the day, they are all football players and from Collins own press conference appearances that he has been meeting individually with the players of the current team and help them get ready for the future.
Collins has not coached a single down as head coach of the Yellow Jackets yet, but he has already got the fan base wired and ready to run through walls. Could he be the answer to the questions we have all been asking ourselves about this program? Is he the answer to the question “how can we make Tech exciting again?”. I honestly do not know the answer and I am not sure anyone will until after three or maybe four years of true transition from one coach to another. However, if pure passion and excitement counts for anything at all, Bobby Dodd Stadium is going to be painted gold on September 7th against USF.