It’s been a rough week for Temple. First, that whole Manny Diaz mess happened. And now, it looks like defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker will officially be joining former Temple HC Geoff Collins’ new staff at Georgia Tech.
Source: Temple DC Andrew Thacker will be the new defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 31, 2018
SOURCE: #Temple DC Andrew Thacker, a GA native, will be announced as the new defensive coordinator at #GaTech later today.. The Owls rank No. 6 in the country in yards per play allowed. Yahoo! 1st reported the hire.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 31, 2018
Thacker is another young coach with a pretty impressive resume so far, that includes stops with the Atlanta Falcons, UCF, and Kennesaw State, prior to coming to Temple. He is also originally from Cartersville.
I’m a big fan of this hire. Thacker is a bright young mind with a great future ahead of him. Working under another great defensive mind in Geoff Collins is good for him as well, as I’m sure Collins will have plenty of influence on the defense.
Welcome to the Flats!
Update 12/31, 2:20 p.m.
Georgia Tech has announced the hiring of Thacker and also the hiring of Dave Patenaude as the offensive coordinator.
2️⃣ more additions to @CoachCollins staff:— Georgia Tech Football (@GeorgiaTechFB) December 31, 2018
Offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude
Defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker
Full details: https://t.co/v0lGOFvNd0 pic.twitter.com/ZPLFPUFbJR
Patenaude is also joining Collins from Temple. Prior to Temple, Patenaude was the offensive coordinator for Coastal Carolina. Collins has said that he was run an NFL-style offensive system at Georgia Tech.