Tuesday February 27th, 2024 9:09PM

Georgia Tech hires Chris Weinke as quarterbacks coach

By AccessWDUN Staff

ATLANTA — Heisman Trophy winner and seven-year National Football League veteran Chris Weinke has joined Georgia Tech football’s staff as quarterbacks coach, head coach Geoff Collins announced on Tuesday.
 
Weinke, who won the 2000 Heisman Trophy as a quarterback at Florida State and led the Seminoles to a national championship in 1999, is a 10-year coaching veteran with experience at the high school, college and National Football League levels. He most recently spent three seasons at Tennessee, as running backs coach (2018) and quarterbacks coach (2019-20).
 
“I’m excited to welcome Chris and his family to the Georgia Tech football family,” Collins said. “In addition to being one of the great quarterbacks in college football history himself, Chris has coached and trained some of the game’s top quarterbacks, and I can’t wait for our talented quarterbacks to benefit from his knowledge and experience.”
 
With Weinke’s addition to the staff as quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator Chip Long will coach the Yellow Jackets’ tight ends in addition to his coordinator duties.
 
In addition to his three seasons at Tennessee, Weinke’s coaching resume includes a season as an offensive analyst at national champion Alabama (2017), two seasons as quarterbacks coach with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams (2015-16) and five seasons as the director of the IMG Football Academy (2010-14), including two seasons as head coach and offensive coordinator (2013-14).
 
Weinke began his coaching career as the director of football at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He launched IMG’s football academy in 2010 and gained extensive experience training quarterbacks for the NFL Draft, including future Pro Bowlers Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Teddy Bridgewater, Ryan Tannehill and Kirk Cousins.
 
With Weinke serving as IMG Academy’s head coach and offensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014, the Ascenders went 19-2 and produced several NCAA Division I student-athletes, including Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois and Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough.
 
“I’m excited to be at Georgia Tech and grateful to Coach Collins for the opportunity,” Weinke said. “I already have a lot of familiarity with the staff, having previously worked with Chip (Long) and Brent (Key), having played with (defensive backs coach) Travares Tillman with the Panthers and having recruited (running backs coach) Mike Daniels’ players when he was a high school head coach. It’s an honor to join such a great group of coaches. I can’t wait to get started with all of them and the really talented players in the quarterback room.”
 
As a player, Weinke put together one of the best careers by a quarterback in college football history at Florida State from 1997-2000. He helped lead the Seminoles to four Atlantic Coast Conference championships in his four seasons at FSU and still owns school records for passing yards (9,839), completions (650) and touchdown passes (79) in a career. 
 

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