The wait is finally over for Georgia Tech fans as the school announced the hiring of a new head football coach on Friday.
Geoff Collins, the head coach of the Temple Owls for the past two seasons, has accepted the opening to become the next Georgia Tech head coach according to a press release.
The Yellow Jackets began the search after Paul Johnson announced his retirement from coaching on Nov. 28. Johnson will coach his final game against Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl.
Collins, a Georgia native from Conyers, is a familiar name to those around Atlanta. He served at Georgia Tech as a graduate assistant for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 before being named tight ends coach for the 2001 season. Collins would return to Georgia Tech in 2006 as the director of player personnel for one season before accepting the same position at the University of Alabama.
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Collins most recent stop was his first as a head coach. He guided the Temple team to a 15-10 record in his two seasons with the school. He added a bowl win last year over FIU in the Gasparilla Bowl and led the Owls to the Independence Bowl against Duke this season.
The move comes less than two weeks before early signing day on Dec. 19 and multiple recruits are scheduled to visit this weekend. Georgia Tech currently has 16 players committed in this class.
Collins emerged as the front runner after reports surfaced that Charger’s offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt had removed his name for consideration following his interview last week.
Collins is considered to be a defensive minded coach but all eyes will be on the type of offense he elects to run. The Yellow Jackets have run the triple option offense for the last 11 years under Johnson. The move will almost certainly spell the end of that offense at Georgia Tech.