Geoff Collins (American football)

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Geoff Collins
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamGeorgia Tech
Biographical details
Born (1971-04-10) April 10, 1971 (age 47)
Conyers, Georgia
Alma materWestern Carolina
Playing career
1989–1992Western Carolina
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1993–94Western Carolina (Asst.)
1995Franklin HS (NC) (Asst.)
1996Fordham (LB)
1997–1998Albright (DC)
1999–2001Georgia Tech (GA)
2002–2005Western Carolina (DC)
2006Georgia Tech (RC)
2007Alabama (DPP)
2008–2009UCF (LB/RC)
2010FIU (DC)
2011–2012Mississippi State (co-DC)
2013–2014Mississippi State (DC)
2015–2016Florida (DC)
2019–presentGeorgia Tech
Head coaching record

William Geoffrey Collins (born April 10, 1971 in Conyers, Georgia)[1] is an American football coach and former player. On December 7, 2018, Collins was announced as the head football coach at Georgia Tech.[2] He was previously the head coach at Temple University,[3] and had served in the past as defensive coordinator for the University of Florida and Mississippi State University.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Following his graduation, Collins served as a student assistant at his alma mater during the 1993 and 1994 seasons. Following a year coaching high school, Collins became the linebacker coach for Fordham in 1996 before becoming the defensive coordinator at Albright College from 1997 through 1998. Collins would leave Albright to become a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech under George O'Leary for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. Following two years in the GA position, Collins was promoted to tight ends coach at Georgia Tech for the 2001 season. Collins would return to his alma mater to become Western Carolina's defensive coordinator from 2002 through 2005 before returning to Georgia Tech in 2006 as the Director of Player Personnel. After a year at Alabama as the Director of Player Personnel, Collins would reunite with O'Leary at UCF as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator from 2008 through 2009.

Florida International[edit]

Collins served as the defensive coordinator for Florida International during the 2010 season. Collins' defense led the Sun Belt Conference in total defense, scoring defense and turnover margin.[1]

Mississippi State[edit]

Collins coached at Mississippi State from 2011 through 2014. During that time, Collins coached All-American Fletcher Cox, who was drafted in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Upon being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2013, Collins helped lead a Bulldogs team that finished in the Top 5 in the SEC in total defense, rushing defense and passing defense. In 2014, Collins' Mississippi State defense led the SEC in sacks and had the conference's No. 1 Red Zone defense en route to a 10-3 record.


Collins spent two years as the defensive coordinator at Florida underneath Jim McElwain. While with the Gators, Collins oversaw a defense that ranked No. 6 in scoring defense in 2016 and No. 11 in 2015.[5] During the 2015 season, Collins' defense became just the seventh team in the last 20 years to not allow a touchdown against three FBS Power 5 schools on the road in the same season.[1] During his time at Florida, Collins coached five defensive players that were drafted in the 2016 NFL Draft and produced a consensus All-American in Vernon Hargreaves. Hargreaves and safety Keanu Neal were drafted in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Following the 2015 season, Collins was a candidate to replace O'Leary as the head coach at UCF.[6] Collins interviewed for the position that ultimately went to Scott Frost.[7]


Collins secured his first head coaching job in December 2016 when he was named Matt Rhule's successor at Temple. Collins had previously served as Rhule's boss at Albright College and Western Carolina.[8]

In Collins' first season, Temple went 7-6 and won the 2017 Gasparilla Bowl, the program's first bowl win since 2011 and just its third bowl win overall. [9]

In Temple's second season underneath Collins, the Owls started off 0-2 but finished the regular season 8-4 overall and 7-1 in conference play. The Owls qualified for the 2018 Independence Bowl as a result. Along the way, Collins surpassed Steve Addazio as the winningest Temple coach over the first two seasons of their tenure at the school.

Georgia Tech[edit]

On December 7th, 2018, Collins was named the 20th head coach of Georgia Tech football.[10] Collins had previously worked at Georgia Tech as a graduate assistant under George O’Leary from 1999-2000 and in 2007, recruited the highest ranked class at Georgia Tech.

Collins’ first game as Georgia Tech head coach will be against Clemson, and he will also visit Temple for Georgia Tech's fourth game of the season.

NFL players coached[edit]

Throughout his time as a head coach, Collins has coached a number of players that would go on to play in the National Football League. This list is limited to players that were either drafted by an NFL team or appeared in a regular season game for an NFL franchise.


Draft Year Player Name Position Round Pick Team
2018 Jacob Martin DL 6th 186th Seattle Seahawks
2018 Jullian Taylor DL 7th 223rd San Francisco 49ers
2018 Sean Chandler S N/A N/A Undrafted signed with New York Giants
2018 Sharif Finch DL N/A N/A Undrafted signed with Tennessee Titans
2018 Keith Kirkwood WR N/A N/A Undrafted signed with New Orleans Saints

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Temple Owls (American Athletic Conference) (2017–2018)
2017 Temple 7–6 4–4 3rd (East) W Gasparilla
2018 Temple 8–4 7–1 2nd (East) Independence*
Temple: 15–10 11–5 * resigned prior to bowl game
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2019–present)
2019 Georgia Tech 0–0 0–0
Georgia Tech: 0–0 0–0
Total: 15–10


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  2. ^ [ "Temple's Geoff Collins leaving for Georgia Tech; he won't coach Owls' bowl game"] Check |url= value (help). The Inquirer. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
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  4. ^ "2016 Football Coaching Staff - Florida Gators". Retrieved December 13, 2016.
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  10. ^ "Collins Named Georgia Tech Football Head Coach". Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. 2018-12-07. Retrieved 2018-12-07.

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