Football

Buddy Geis
Buddy Geis

Position:
Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers

Experience:
5th Year

Alma Mater:
Lock Haven, 1972



Wayne "Buddy" Geis is in his fourth season as Georgia Tech's assistant head coach and fifth on the Yellow Jackets' staff after coming to Tech in 2003. He coaches the wide receivers.

Geis has been reunited with Tech head coach Chan Gailey, under whom he worked in the National Football League as an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys.

Geis worked the last three years with all-everything wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who has developed into one of the nation's top players. The Biletnikoff Award winner and Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year led the ACC in receptions and receiving yards. He was named first-team all-America for the second-straight year and all-ACC for the third time and became the second overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.

In 2004, Johnson became the first Yellow Jacket all-America since 2000 and the first Tech receiver to earn all-America recognition since 1963.

Geis was instrumental in the development of Damarius Bilbo, the former quarterback who was Tech's second-leading receiver in 2005 and signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

Bilbo's signing marked the third straight year that at least one of Geis' receivers has gone on to the NFL. Following the 2004 season, Nate Curry and Levon Thomas signed NFL free agent contracts.

In 2003 as passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach, Geis worked with all-ACC wideout Jonathan Smith. Smith set school records for receptions and receiving yards and went on to play for the Buffalo Bills in the NFL.

Geis spent three seasons with the Cowboys, coaching the Dallas quarterbacks in 1998-99 under Gailey and then directing the offensive nickel package under Dave Campo in 2000. During his stint as quarterbacks coach, the Cowboy signal callers threw only 21 interceptions in two seasons, the lowest total in the NFL during that span. In 1998, the quarterback trio of Troy Aikman, who missed five games due to injury, Jason Garrett and Mike Quinn totalled just eight interceptions, fewest in the league. The following year, Aikman and his backups were second in the NFL with just 13 interceptions, and Aikman passed for 2,964 yards despite missing two games.

Before going to Dallas, Geis spent two years (1996-97) as offensive assistant and assistant quarterbacks coach with the Indianapolis Colts, where he worked with Colts' quarterback Jim Harbaugh, who recorded the second-best quarterback rating of his career under Geis in 1997.

Geis broke into the NFL as receivers coach for the Green Bay Packers from 1988-91 under Lindy Infante. While with the Packers, Geis tutored all-pro receiver Sterling Sharpe, who led the NFL with 90 receptions in just his second season (1989) in the league. Under Geis' tutelage, Sharpe totaled 281 receptions for 4,280 yards and 23 touchdowns in four seasons.

Geis also coached in the Canadian Football League, serving as offensive coordinator for the Memphis Mad Dogs in 1995 on the staff of former Tech head coach Pepper Rodgers, and in the USFL with the Jacksonville Bulls, spending two years (1984-85) on Infante's staff.

Geis' college experience includes one year each as the offensive coordinator at Tulane (1994) and Duke (1993) and two seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Memphis State (1986-87). He originally worked with Infante during his first stint with Tulane (1977-82), which followed a three-year stay at Arizona (1974-76).

A native of Altoona, Pa., Geis earned his degree in health and physical education from Lock Haven University in 1972. He added a master's in education and administration at Arizona in 1976. He and his wife, Jere, have two children, Adam and Jeni, and one grandson, Jered.

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