The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets’ new coaching staff is starting to take some more shape as the hiring of two additional coaches was announced today.
.@CoachCollins has added two new members to his staff:— Georgia Tech Football (@GeorgiaTechFB) December 27, 2018
WR coach Kerry Dixon
Strength and Conditioning coach Lewis Caralla#TogetherWeSwarm
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Kerry Dixon will be joining Georgia Tech as its new wide receivers coach, replacing Buzz Preston. Dixon was most recently the running backs coach for Toledo, but before that coached wide receivers at the University of Florida (under Jim McElwain). While there, Dixon helped develop Antonio Callaway, who is now a receiver for the Cleveland Browns.
Florida was where Dixon met Geoff Collins. From the article linked in the tweet: “He’s a relentless recruiter, a tireless worker and always has a positive attitude. He possesses a knowledge of the game from all of the positions on offense. I’m really excited about him joining the Georgia Tech football family.”
A quick look at his track record as a recruiter at Florida corroborates what Collins said of Dixon. He was also named one of the top 25 recruiters by Rivals in during his time at Florida. It looks like Dixon primarily recruited south Florida, so he will likely stay there as he comes to the Flats.
Lewis Caralla looks to be replacing John Sisk as the head strength and conditioning coach. Before coming to Georgia Tech, Caralla served in the same position at Buffalo, which is where quarterback Tyree Jackson is. Jackson has announced his intentions to transfer and is looking for a place to play his final year of college ball. He’s a grad transfer and would be eligible immediately. (This is a completely baseless rumor. I have no information to corroborate this).
Caralla has also been at a few other stops, but notably was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Georgia Tech during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Dixon and Caralla are the second and third hires for Collins’ new staff, joining running backs coach Tashard Choice, who was announced earlier this week.