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Falcons hire Mark Collins as defensive assistant

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. --The Atlanta Falcons today announced the hiring of Mark Collins as the team's new defensive assistant.

Collins, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan holds 11 years of coaching experience. Following his graduation from East Tennessee State, he coached his alma mater in a variety of positions from 1999-2002. Collins then joined the University of Michigan coaching staff for two seasons (2003-04) prior to a one-year stint at Elon University as the school's defensive coordinator.

In 2006, Collins served as the linebackers coach at Georgia Southern University under then-Head Coach Brian VanGorder. The following year, he was hired as a graduate assistant at Georgia and in 2009 was an assistant coach for the University of Louisiana Monroe.

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