PHILADELPHIA – Geoff Collins, head coach of the Temple Owls' football team, has announced that he will retain the following coaches from Matt Rhule
's 2016 staff: Ed Foley
, Frisman Jackson
, and Chris Wiesehan
Foley, who guided the Owls as interim head coach in the 2016 Military Bowl, just completed his ninth season on North Broad. The Cherry Hill, N.J. native came to Temple in 2008 and has held a number of roles including assistant head coach, tight ends, special teams, assistant offensive line, recruiting coordinator, and director of football operations. Foley has completed 27 seasons in college athletics including stops at SUNY Albany (1989-90), Williams College (1994), University of Pennsylvania (1991-93 and 1995-97), Jacksonville University (1998), Fordham University (1999-2005), and Hofstra (2006-07), before coming to Temple.
Jackson just completed his second season at Temple as passing game coordinator and receivers coach. He will continue to work with the Owls' receivers. All of Temple's top 2016 receivers – Ventell Bryant
, Keith Kirkwood
, Adonis Jennings
, Brodrick Yancy
, Marshall Ellick
, and Isaiah Wright
– are expected to return for another season. Jackson will begin his tenth year of coaching after a six-year stint in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns (2002-06) and the New York Jets (2007). The Chicago native played quarterback and wide receiver for Northern Illinois and Western Illinois.
Wiesehan coming off a season as the senior offensive assistant/running backs coach at Temple, will begin his fourth season at 10th
and Diamond. He came to Philadelphia in 2014 as offensive line coach where he placed three players – Kyle Friend
, Shahbaz Ahmed
, and Eric Lofton
– on the all-conference team. Wiesehan's 22-year coaching career has taken him all over North America. He has had college stops at Purdue (1996), Notre Dame (1997-98), Buffalo (1999-2000), Northern Arizona (2001-04), James Madison (2006), Syracuse (2007-08), UCLA (2009), and Hawaii (2012-13). The Indianapolis native has also worked in the NFL with Tampa Bay (2005) and in the CFL with Winnipeg (2010-11).
While it is expected that Foley will continue working with the tight ends, Jackson with the receivers, and Wiesehan with either the offensive line or running backs, all responsibilities will be determined when Collins finalizes his staff.