Georgia Tech’s Collins hires former Florida assistant Turner

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins has employed former Florida assistant David Turner as assistant head coach for protection.

Turner, who additionally would be the defensive run-game coordinator, was named to the place Tuesday.

Turner has coached defensive linemen within the Southeastern Convention for 20 years: Texas A&M, Kentucky, Alabama, Vanderbilt and Florida, the place he’s been the final three seasons. It’s additionally a reunion for Collins and Turner, who labored collectively at Mississippi State in 2013-14.

Turner replaces Marco Coleman, who left Georgia Tech to teach Michigan State’s line of defense.

Collins has rebuilt his workers after firing three assistants, together with offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude, following a 3-9 season that ended with six consecutive losses. Collins additionally fired co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Nathan Burton and cornerbacks coach Jeff Popovich.

Turner’s 36-year profession additionally contains stints as a defensive assistant within the Atlantic Coast Convention at Virginia and North Carolina State.

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