Wednesday August 12th, 2020 11:39AM

Former GHS standout Thacker hired as new Georgia Tech DC

By The Associated Press

ATLANTA — Former Gainesville High standout Andrew Thacker was named the new defensive coordinator by new new Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins Monday.

Thacker, along with Dave Patenaude, who was named the new offensive coordinator for the Jackets, were brought to Atlanta by Collins from his previous Temple staff.

Thacker was promoted to Temple's defensive coordinator in 2018 after joining Collins' staff as linebackers coach in 2017. He was Kennesaw State's linebackers coach in 2016.

Patenaude will also coach Georgia Tech's quarterbacks. Led by Patenaude, Temple ranks No. 24 in the nation in scoring this year and compiled two of the school's top three totals in yards passing the last two years.

Patenaude spent five seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Coastal Carolina before moving to Temple.


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