Georgia Tech has hired Andy McCollum as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.
Formerly N.C. State’s linebackers coach, McCollum is from Marietta and his father still resides there. The hire still must be approved by Tech.
“We will be happy to have a coach with the experience and knowledge that Andy will bring to our program,” Tech coach Paul Johnson said in a statement given to the media. “I have coached against and recruited against him for a long time, and I am confident he will do an outstanding job here at Tech.”
McCollum, 50, recruited Atlanta for the Wolfpack, where he’s been for the past three seasons. He replaces Giff Smith, who recently accepted a job with the Buffalo Bills.
“I am excited to be a part of a great coaching staff and to work with Coach Johnson,” McCollum said in statement given to the media. “It’s a great opportunity to come back home to Georgia and work at an outstanding school.”
Details of McCollum’s contract weren’t released. He made $176,570 at N.C. State and was eligible to receive a bonus of $47,250. Smith made $189,000.
Before being hired at N.C. State, McCollum was the head coach at Middle Tennessee State from 1999-2005, where he led the Blue Raiders to the Sun Belt Conference title in 2001.
As a recruiter, he brought in the conference’s highest-rated classes in 2002, ‘04 and ‘05.
Before being named MTSU’s coach, he was the linebackers/special teams coordinator at Baylor (1994-98), linebackers, wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator at UTEP (1989-93), and did a variety of coaching jobs at MTSU (1981-88).