Football Staff Adds Collins From Tech

Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban announced Saturday that Geoff Collins, former director of player personnel at Georgia Tech, has joined the Crimson Tide football coaching staff in that same position. The news had been expected since last week Georgia Tech had announced Collins' departure for Bama.

Geoff Collins will oversee Alabama's coaching clinics, camps and other events while organizing on-campus recruiting. In 2006, Collins directed Tech's on-campus recruiting while also overseeing coaching clinics, camps and other football events. He was instrumental in Tech's highly-regarded 2007 football signing class that was ranked as high as 11th nationally by one service and was rated the best in the ACC, a first in Tech history. Collins comes to Tuscaloosa after his second stint at Tech, where he served from 1999-2001, including one season as tight ends coach following two seasons as a graduate assistant coach. From 2002-05, Collins served as defensive coordinator at Western Carolina where he also coached defensive backs his first three seasons and coached linebackers in 2005.

In 2005, Collins' WCU defense led the nation in pass defense while ranking 18th nationally in total defense. His 2004 unit ranked 12th in the nation in total defense and his 2003 defense ranked 14th nationally against the run. From 2003-05, 11 WCU defensive players earned all-conference honors under Collins' tutelage. Collins was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Albright College in 1997-98, was an assistant coach at Fordham in 1996 and spent the 1995 season as an assistant coach at Franklin (N.C.) High School. In 1993, Collins began his coaching career as a student assistant at Western Carolina.

As a player, Collins was an outside linebacker and defensive back at Western Carolina from 1989-92, making 194 tackles during his career. A native of Conyers, Ga., Collins attended Rockdale County High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in Sport Management and Exercise Science from WCU in 1993 and completed the school's Education curriculum in 1995. Collins is married to the former Jennifer Haynes.

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