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Georgia Tech Football: Geoff Collins will not retain CPJ-era assistants

Georgia Tech will have a completely new coaching staff next season.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Ken Sugiura reported earlier today that new Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins will not retain any of the coaches on the current staff, but will instead bring in an entirely new coaching staff.

Georgia Tech Coaching Staff

Position Name Years at Georgia Tech
Position Name Years at Georgia Tech
Quarterbacks/B-Backs Craig Candeto 2
A-Backs/Special Teams Lamar Owens 9
Wide Receivers Buzz Preston 11
Co-Offensive Line Mike Sewak 11
Co-Offensive line Ron West 3
Defensive Coordinator/Outside Linebackers Nate Woody 1
Defensive Line Jerome Riase 1
Inside Linebackers Andy McCollum 9
Safeties Shiel Wood 1
Cornerbacks Joe Speed 9

Gone from the staff are twoeople who were at Georgia Tech for the entirety of Paul Johnson’s tenure: wide receivers coach Buzz Preston and co-offensive line coach Mike Sewak. First-year defensive coordinator Nate Woody and his defensive staff will also not have a chance to continue to progress the defense.

Though not entirely surprising, the name here that shocked me the most was Andy McCollum. McCollum has coached pretty much everywhere on the defensive side of the ball, but his best feature is his recruiting. He has been the Yellow Jackets’ best recruiter for the majority of his time with Georgia Tech.

In the AJC article linked above, Ken mentions that Temple assistants Andrew Thacker (DC/LB) and Nate Burton (DB) are likely to join Collins’ new staff which will be announced later this week. Burton previously attended Georgia Tech and served as a graduate assistant. Thacker does not have a direct connection to Georgia Tech, but grew up in Cartersville and attended college at Furman before coming back as a coach for both the Atlanta Falcons (2014) and Kennesaw State (2016).