Geoff Collins is the next head coach at Temple

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday December 13, 2016

Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins has been named head coach at Temple. ESPN's Brett McMurphy first reported the news.

It’s the first head coaching job for Collins, who has spent two years at Florida. He was previously defensive coordinator at Mississippi State for four years. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Collins will have a 5-year deal.

"I want to thank President Englert and Dr. Kraft for this incredible opportunity to join Temple and the City of Philadelphia," Collins said in a release. "I have been in the game of college football for more than two decades and I am humbled and honored to be chosen to build on a great foundation of success. We will compete for championships, we will provide a world-class student-athlete experience and education, and we will represent the community with pride."

Collins has some experience in the Northeast. He coached Fordham’s linebackers in 1996 and was the defensive coordinator at Albright College (PA) from 1997-98. Other stops in his career include FIU, UCF, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Western Carolina. Collins worked alongside Matt Rhule at Albright in 1998 and at Western Carolina from 2002-05.

Collins had been in the mix for other head coaching jobs in the past like UCF and FIU. At Florida, he's won two straight SEC titles and produced a top-15 scoring defense in both seasons.

At Temple, Collins takes over a program that has won 10 games two years in a row and won this year’s AAC championship behind one of the top defenses in the country. The past three Temple head coaches went on to head coaching jobs at Miami, Boston College and Baylor. 

"As soon as I met with Geoff I knew right away that this was the right coach at the right time for Temple University," AD Patrick Kraft said in a release. "Well beyond Geoff's acumen as a coach of hard, physical football, he shares our values of embracing the student-athlete and demanding excellence in all that we do. We welcome Geoff and Jennifer to the Temple family. I know that he will be fantastic."

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