He’ll also coach linebackers.
“Andrew did a really good job for us the last two years as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach,” Collins said in a statement about Thacker. “He helped put together one of the best defenses in the AAC thanks to his connection with the players, his motivation and his knowledge of the game.”
Patenaude and Thacker are the third and fourth assistant coaches to be named to Collins’ staff, following Tashard Choice (running backs) and Kerry Dixon (wide receivers).
Two more Temple assistants, outside linebackers coach Larry Knight and defensive backs coach Nathan Burton, have been reported to also be joining Collins. Burton is a Tech grad who played for the Jackets (2001-04) and later was a GA after graduating.