Geoff Collins completes Temple coaching staff

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday March 17, 2017

Geoff Collins has completed his full-time coaching staff at Temple for a third time.

With the addition of Stan Hixon this week — his third receivers coach — Collins has his nine full-time assistants set. Collins takes over a Temple team coming off two straight 10-win seasons and an AAC title. It’s his first head coaching job, following two years as Florida’s defensive coordinator.

Here is the 2017 Temple staff:

Collins retained three coaches from the previous staff, in wide receivers coach Frisman Jackson, tight ends coach Ed Foley, offensive line coach Chris Wiesehan. Foley has been on the Temple staff since 2008, while Jackson and Wiesehan for a few years. But Jackson later left for a job with the Tennessee Titans. He was replaced by Army's Keith Gaither, who then left for ECU. Collins then hired longtime NFL assistant Stan Hixon to coach the receivers. Hixon worked at Penn State under Bill O'Brien, so there are ties to the area.

To run the offense, Collins hired Dave Patenaude from Coastal Carolina. Patenaude annually produced some of the top offenses in FCS over his five years, including three 10-win seasons.

Running backs Tony Lucas spent the past four years at Delaware and previously worked at Georgetown under Patenaude. The last hire was wide receivers coach Keith Gaither, who comes from Army.

Taver Johnson will run the defense, which is Collins’ side of the ball. Johnson spent three years at Purdue. He was Ohio State’s defensive backs coach from 2007-10, producing three consensus All-American DBs.

Elsewhere on defense, Jim Panagos will coach the defensive line. Panagos spent one year consulting at Pitt after four years at Rutgers. He worked at UCF from 2007-11, including two years there with Collins.

Linebackers coach Andrew Thacker worked closely with Collins at UCF as a graduate assistant. He spent one year at Kennesaw State. Defensive backs coach Cory Robinson spent one year at Toledo and was previously director of player personnel at Maryland. He also has high school coaching experience in Florida and Maryland. Head strength coach David Feeley was an assistant strength coach at FIU from 2008-10, spending one year there with Collins.

Collins’ first game as Temple head coach will be at Notre Dame, followed by home games against Villanova and UMass.

The potential addition of a 10th assistant coach could change things, but for now, keep track of new FBS staffs here.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News,, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to

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