“I tell you, gratifying is, I think, probably the word you should use,” O’Leary said of the dual inductions. In his first season at Temple, Collins led the Owls a 28-3 win over Florida International in the 2017 Gasparilla Bowl, which was good for only the third bowl victory in school history and its first since 2011. “Just tremendously blessed that I’m in this position because of George O’Leary,” Collins said. Collins, then the defensive coordinator at Division III Albright College in Pennsylvania, fit the bill. The 8-4 campaign earned Temple a berth in the Independence Bowl. He returns to The Flats after having previously served as a graduate assistant, tight ends … That may be good or bad at moments, but he treats everybody the same and creates a very tough environment.”. Widely regarded as one of college football’s top young coaches and recruiters, head coach Geoff Collins is in his second season at Georgia Tech. Perhaps the most notable names are Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien and Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone. He is the only coach to ever be nominated for the Broyles Award, given to college football’s top assistant coach, at three different schools (FIU – 2010, Mississippi State – 2014 and Florida – 2015). O’Leary, who in seven seasons with the Jackets finished in the Top 25 five times, won a share of an ACC championship and became only the third coach in school history to beat Georgia three years in a row, holds an influence on Collins and his staff that is unmistakable. Prior to becoming head coach at Temple, Collins was one of the nation’s most respected defensive coordinators, serving in the role at Florida (2015-16), Mississippi State (2013-14, co-DC: 2011-12), FIU (2010) and his alma mater, Western Carolina (2002-05). Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins was an assistant coach at Central Florida from 2008-09, serving as linebackers coach/recruiting coordinator for coach George O'Leary. “That’s why someone like Geoff advanced pretty quickly because he understands offense and defense and special teams, and he’s dealt with all three of those areas.”, Said Thacker, who was O’Leary’s GA in 2008-09 fresh out of Furman, “He treats everybody fairly. True to himself, O’Leary said his first requirement in a hire was a willingness to work. They have a daughter, Astrid (4). There, he led a team that had moved up to FBS in 1996 and had never been to a bowl game to four conference championships along with a 12-1 season in 2013 in which the Knights won the Fiesta Bowl and finished No. “I wanted to make sure they learned the whole game, not just one little section,” O’Leary said. Collins’ 27-year career also includes a pair of prior stints at Georgia Tech. He is married to the former Jennifer Haynes and they have a daughter, Astrid (4). He coached the Owls to an 8-4 record and 7-1 mark in the American Athletic Conference in 2018, with Temple’s only conference defeat coming at No. Under Collins, Tech became only the second college football program in the nation to partner with renowned creative agency J1S and the first program in the nation to enter into a partnership with best-selling author and branding consultant Jeremy Darlow. Saturday’s game is all the more poignant for O’Leary, as he coached 12 years at UCF (2004-15). For O’Leary to say that he was proud of Collins and respected the way his team plays, “that’s pretty special, it’s pretty cool,” Collins said, visibly moved. Collins, Key, Thacker and Glover are but four branches of O’Leary’s prodigious coaching tree. Collins is an alumnus of Western Carolina University, where he played defensive back and linebacker. A metro-Atlanta native, Collins was named the 20th head coach in Georgia Tech football history on Dec. 7, 2018, after recording 15 wins in two seasons as head coach at Temple. New Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain hired Geoff Collins to be his defensive coordinator in Gainesville. “Very detailed guy, good technician and obviously very enthusiastic with his players.”. a thrilling 28-21 overtime win at Miami (Fla.), the Yellow Jackets’ first-ever win over the Hurricanes at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium; four players named all-Atlantic Coast Conference — all of which were underclassmen and return to The Flats in 2020; Tyler Davis, who Collins recruited to Georgia Tech as a graduate transfer, being selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round of the 2020 National Football League draft, becoming the highest-selected tight end in program history and the first Yellow Jacket TE taken in the NFL Draft in 28 years; a team grade point average of 3.0 at the conclusion of the 2020 spring semester — the highest team GPA in program history. “I said, ‘Look, this is a team,’” O’Leary said. Georgia Tech’s 2001 football team included head coach George O’Leary (top row, center) and current Tech staffers Geoff Collins (tight ends coach – top row, sixth from left), Brent Key (graduate assistant – top row, fourth from left), Nathan Burton (safety – seventh row, fifth from right), and Will Glover (wide receiver – third row, second from left).