Ayinde Eley’s father joins Georgia Tech’s staff as analyst

Georgia Tech's linebacker Ayinde Eley (2) runs a drills during the first football practice of the season at Rose Bowl Field on Georgia Tech Campus in Atlanta on Friday, August 5, 2022. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

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Georgia Tech's linebacker Ayinde Eley (2) runs a drills during the first football practice of the season at Rose Bowl Field on Georgia Tech Campus in Atlanta on Friday, August 5, 2022. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

The newest addition to Georgia Tech’s collection of analysts has a particularly close connection with a member of the Yellow Jackets team. Former Alabama State coach Donald Hill-Eley is the father of Tech linebacker Ayinde Eley.

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Tech made the hire in July, bringing on Hill-Eley as an analyst for the offense. Hill-Eley was let go at Alabama State in November in the middle of his fourth season as head coach of the Hornets. He replaces Mike Gregory, who left Tech to become the offensive coordinator at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Hill-Eley brings a considerable amount of experience to the job. He has been coaching since 1991 and was a head coach at Morgan State 2002-13 and then at Alabama State 2017-21. His expertise is on offense.

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Georgia Tech linebacker Ayinde Eley with his father Donald Hill-Eley and brother Jacob at Eley's apartment in Atlanta in a 2021 photo. Hill-Eley was then the head football coach at Alabama State. (Photo courtesy Donald Hill-Eley)

Georgia Tech linebacker Ayinde Eley with his father Donald Hill-Eley and brother Jacob at Eley's apartment in Atlanta in a 2021 photo. Hill-Eley was then the head football coach at Alabama State. (Photo courtesy Donald Hill-Eley)

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Georgia Tech linebacker Ayinde Eley with his father Donald Hill-Eley and brother Jacob at Eley's apartment in Atlanta in a 2021 photo. Hill-Eley was then the head football coach at Alabama State. (Photo courtesy Donald Hill-Eley)

Eley is going into his final season with the Jackets after transferring from Maryland before the 2021 season.

It figures to be a season to be cherished for both. Because of Hill-Eley’s coaching duties with Alabama State, the opportunities for him to see his son play in person, even going back to Eley’s high-school days in Maryland, were extremely limited. Now, they are on the same team.

An earlier version of this story inaccurately stated Donald Hill-Eley’s role on the Georgia Tech staff. He is an analyst for the offense.