JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 8, 2018) – ETSU football head coach Randy Sanders announced on Thursday that Collins Ukwu has been added to the Buccaneer coaching staff. Ukwu will serve as the defensive end coach for the Buccaneers.
Ukwu, who spent the 2017 season as the defensive line coach at Albany State, was a four-year starting defensive lineman at Kentucky from 2009-12, and also signed professionally with the Minnesota Vikings and Montreal Alouettes. Ukwu coached Zavondric Shingleton to first team all-SIAC honors as he helped lead an ASU defense that finished third overall in both total defense and scoring defense. Overall, Singleton totaled 42 tackles,10.5 tackles for loss, and a team-leading 3.5 sacks in 2017.
“I am extremely excited and blessed to be given this coaching opportunity,” said Okwu. “I played at Kentucky when Coach Sanders was the offensive coordinator, so I know the type of winning mentality he brings in coaching. It was an easy decision when Coach Sanders offered me the job, because of the type of person he is and the winning culture he brings to a football program. I am ready to join this staff, ready to win football games, graduate young men and create better men for our society.”
Sanders saw Ukwu develop as a player over his four-year career at Kentucky and he’s ready for him to join his staff.
“We are excited to add Coach Ukwu to our staff,” said Sanders. “Collins was a leader and four-year player when I was at Kentucky. He is an excellent teacher of the game and ready to be part of what we are building at ETSU.”
Ukwu began his coaching career at Overton High School in Tennessee in 2014, where he handled defensive assistant duties. Following his time at Overton, Ukwu spent two seasons at Georgia State as a player personnel and offensive/defensive graduate assistant in 2015 and 2016. Ukwu also handled recruiting duties at Georgia State.
During his playing career at Kentucky, Ukwu totaled 109 tackles (57 solo), 16 tackles for loss, seven sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 47 career games. Ukwu was named team captain for his senior season in 2012. Ukwu signed as a rookie free agent with the Minnesota Vikings and later with the Alouettes before suffering a career ending knee injury.
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