“I think it’s huge being able to learn from coach Saban the last couple of years, be a part of that program and bring that knowledge here to Georgia Tech in a place that he loves,” Collins said.
Of Collins’ 10 assistant coaches, Collins has worked with nine of them, either at Temple or at a previous stop. Collins was Tech’s director of player personnel in 2006 when the 10th, running backs coach Tashard Choice, was a Yellow Jackets running back. Collins said the staff included some of his closest friends, people he further described as relentless in recruiting, energetic, positive, tough and caring.
“For the men that have joined me to be a part of this program, it’s very humbling, to be honest with you, because they’re so well-respected in their fields,“ Collins said.
Collins also announced two other hires Thursday, chief of staff Vince Sinagra and director of operations Scott Wallace. They both held the same positions for the past two seasons at Temple. Sinagra will assist Collins in overseeing all aspects of the football team. He has 41 years of coaching experience.
Wallace will direct day-to-day operations, including team meals and lodging and management of the budget.