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Geoff Collins

New Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain hired Geoff Collins to be his defensive coordinator in Gainesville.

Collins arrived at Mississippi St. in 2011 as the Bulldogs’ co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, but after two years on staff, head coach Dan Mullen decided it was time for a promotion. With Collins fully in charge of the defense in 2013, the Bulldogs ranked in the SEC’s top five in total defense, rushing defense and passing defense.

The Georgia native and Western Carolina alum’s four previous Division I coaching stops as an assistant included Georgia Tech, Alabama (2007, director of player personnel), Central Florida and Florida International. His coaching career began at the small college level in the mid 1990s. He played outside linebacker for the Catamounts from 1989-92.

Coaching History Team Years
Defensive Coordinator Florida Gators 2015-present
Assistant Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Mississippi State Bulldogs 2013-2014
Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Mississippi State Bulldogs 2011-2012
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Florida International Panthers 2010
Recruiting Coordinator/Linebackers Coachh UCF Knights 2008-2009
Director of Player Personnel Alabama Crimson Tide 2007
Recruiting Coordinator Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 2006
Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach Western Carolina Catamounts 2002-2005
Graduate Assistant Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 1999-2001
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Albright College 1997-1998
Head Coach Franklin High School (N.C.) 1995
Student Assistant Western Carolina Catamounts 1993-1994

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