Chris Collins joins the Georgia State staff to coach the safeties after one season at Western Carolina, where he coached the linebackers.
Collins spent the 2015 season as a defensive graduate assistant coach at Appalachian State, helping the Mountaineers to an 11-2 record and a victory in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.
He previously spent two seasons (2013-14) as the secondary coach and special teams coordinator at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., while also serving as the academic coordinator for the NCAA Division II program. In his first season at Catawba, Collins coached All-America defensive back L.J. McCray, who went on to play two seasons for the San Francisco 49ers after signing as a free agent.
In 2015, Collins participated in the NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy.
Collins began his coaching career at Western Carolina, his alma mater, by serving as a student assistant in 2010 and then a defensive assistant in 2011-12.
The High Point, N.C., native was an All-Southern Conference defender for the Catamounts who finished with more than 300 career tackles. He was also a three-time selection to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll before earning his B.S. in construction management with a minor in business administration from Western Carolina in 2010.
He is married to the former Kiara Crutchfield.