Temple to hire Thacker, Lucas as assistant football coaches

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Temple Owls introduced Geoff Collins as their new head football coach at a morning press conference held at the Liacouras Center on Wednesday Dec. 14, 2016

Andrew Thacker, who was the linebackers coach at Kennesaw State and Tony Lucas, the former running backs coach at Delaware, will be hired as assistant coaches at Temple according to sources. 

This would complete the assistant coach staff for new coach Geoff Collins. 

If Thacker coaches linebackers as expected, he would replace Mike Siravo, who went to Baylor with former Temple coach Matt Rhule.

A 2007 graduate of Furman, Thacker coached one season at Kennesaw State. In 2015 he was the safeties coach at Central Florida and was a defensive assistant the year before for the Atlanta Falcons. He coached safeties at Southern Mississippi in 2013 and also spent time as a defensive graduate assistant at Oklahoma State and Central Florida.

Lucas was the running backs coach at the University of Delaware the past four seasons.  A 2003 graduate of Columbia, he was Georgetown's running backs coach in 2011 and 2012.

He also had stints at Bowling Green (as defensive quality control coach and assistant academic coordinator) and at Division III Trinity College as a graduate assistant.

If Lucas coaches the running backs as expected, it would likely mean that Chris Wiesehan, who was retained by Collins, would likely be moved to coach the offensive line. Wiesehan was an offensive line coach for the Owls before moving to running backs coach this past season.

The staff is assembled in time for Temple in the important part of the recruiting season. High school players can begin signing Letters of Intent on Feb. 1.

According to NCAA rule, college coaches can begin going on the road to recruit on Thursday after the latest dead period which spans from Dec. 12 through Jan. 11.