Temple University searches for new head coach as Geoff Collins departs

Kevin Wright
December 07, 2018 - 12:13 pm
Temple Owls head coach Geoff Collins watches from the sideline as they take on the Connecticut Huskies in the second half at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. UConn defeated Temple 57-7.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Another one bites the dust for Temple University’s football program as another head football coach is departing.

On Friday morning, the University’s Director of Athletics, Dr. Patrick Kraft released a statement that Head Football Coach Geoff Collins will be leaving for the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Kraft says Collins told him will be “returning home” to accept the position.

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Collins began as the team’s head coach back in 2016.

“In his two years at Temple, Geoff helped us build on past successes and led us to two consecutive bowl games and an eight-win season in 2018,” Kraft said. “We wish Geoff, Jennifer and Astrid all the best in Atlanta and we thank them for their service to Temple University.”

The University says they are now launching an immediate search for a new coach, and will have Ed Foley serve as the interim head coach.

Whoever takes over the role as head coach will be Temple’s fifth in twelve years, since Al Golden started in 2006.