Chris Collins joined the Georgia State staff in 2017 to coach the safeties, and in his first season at GSU, he tutored All-Sun Belt Conference safety Bryan Williams. He was also chosen for the 2018 American Football Coaches Association 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute.
In his first year with the Panthers, Collins helped coached a defensive unit that set the Georgia State season record for fewest points allowed per game (24.75).
Collins came to GSU after one season at Western Carolina, where he coached the linebackers. He 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.
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.
In 2015, he participated in the NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy.
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.