By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On December 13, 2016 at 10:09 am EST
The Temple Owls have hired their next head football coach. According to ESPN, the Owls have hired Florida Gators defensive coordinator Geoff Collins.
Collins has been the Gators defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, both under head coach Jim McElwain. He replaces Matt Rhule, who recently became the Baylor Bears head coach.
Rhule guided the Owls to back-to-back 10-win seasons. In his final game with the team, he coached Temple to a American Athletic Conference Championship win over the Navy Midshipmen.
Under former Gators assistant coach Dan Mullen, he was the assistant coach/defensive coordinator/linebackers coach with the Mississippi State Bulldogs in 2013-14. He was also the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Mississippi State in 2011-12.
He was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2010 with the FIU Golden Panthers. In 2008 and 2009, he was the UCF Knights recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach.
In 2007, he was with the Alabama Crimson Tide Director of Player Personnel. The year before, he was the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets recruiting coordinator.
With the FCS’s Western Carolina Catamounts, he was their defensive coordinator and defensive backs. Pace from 2002-05. He also spent three seasons with the Yellow Jackets as graduate assistant coach.
He previously served as an assistant coach in Pennsylvania when he was the Albright College defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 1997-1998.
He spent a season as a head coach with Franklin High School in North Carolina in 1995. He was a student assistant with the Catamounts in 1993-94.
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