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Georgia Tech Football: Who Should the Yellow Jackets Hire to be the Next Head Coach?

Geoff Collins is out in Atlanta, so who should be next?
Geoff Collins, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Football

College football's coaching carousel for the 2022 season continued to spin after Week 4. Georgia Tech fired coach Geoff Collins after a 1-3 start to the season, and in an effort to start over in the athletic department, athletic director Todd Stansbury was also dismissed. Collins finished his tenure in Atlanta with a 10-28 mark and never won more than three games in a season.

Related: Coaching Candidates to Replace Geoff Collins at Georgia Tech

Collins had the tough assignment of replacing Paul Johnson and rebuilding the program after it ran the option. Although Collins brought some early momentum and attention to the program, he was never able to turn that potential into production and wins. The next coach faces a similar rebuilding effort, so patience will be required in 2023 and '24.

Who should Georgia Tech hire to replace Collins? Athlon's editors and contributors debate which coach is the best fit in Atlanta:

Georgia Tech Football: Who Should the Yellow Jackets Hire to be the Next Head Coach?

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
If I was calling the shots at Georgia Tech, I'd go after Jamey Chadwell of Coastal Carolina. Maybe he doesn't want to leave or has his sights set on a bigger job, but Chadwell's mix of a fun and creative offense to go with his track record of winning everywhere he's coached is a good combination. Georgia Tech has plenty of talent in its backyard, but this is a job with some challenges to navigate. Running something different like Chadwell's offense would make the Yellow Jackets a tough out in the ACC. If Chadwell isn't interested, former UAB coach Bill Clark, Air Force's Troy Calhoun, former Florida coach Dan Mullen, Kent State's Sean Lewis, or an assistant like Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken would be my next tier of candidates. I wouldn't be surprised if Jackson State's (and former Atlanta Falcon) Deion Sanders got into the mix as well.

Mark Ross (@AthlonMarkR)
Jamey Chadwell makes a lot of sense but I wonder if the Georgia Tech job is so "damaged" right now that it needs more of a temporary caretaker of sorts with the assumption that none of the so-called up-and-comers would genuinely be interested. Along those lines, former UAB coach Bill Clark makes a lot of sense to me. If he has any interest in returning to the sideline, I would definitely give him a call. Clark also has experience in successfully rebuilding programs, just see what he accomplished at UAB. Georgia Tech is entirely different than UAB in many ways but after seeing how poorly things went with Geoff Collins, it feels like the program needs almost a complete reset. Clark has gone through this before and he would have more resources and advantages (ACC membership, recruiting-rich area, more tradition and history to sell) this time compared to when he took over at UAB.

Ben Weinrib (@benweinrib)
Tech would be thrilled to go back to the success of Paul Johnson and the triple option, so why not aim for a coach with a more modern version of the run-heavy offense? Jamey Chadwell and his spread option could be just the hire to bring the Yellow Jackets back to relevance. Chadwell's scheme has made Coastal Carolina into a G5 contender and relies on a lot of the same 20 and 21 personnel — just with a more potent offensive attack. Perhaps Chadwell will hold out for a better job, but he would be an excellent fit in Atlanta.