Frisman Jackson, who coached wide receivers at Temple for the last two seasons and was retained on the staff by new coach Geoff Collins, has been named wide receivers coach of the Tennessee Titans.
Jackson said he had offers after the season from other college programs but decided to stay at Temple until this opportunity came along.
"I had other chances and decided not to go to other schools because my guys at Temple were better, but this is an opportunity I couldn't pass up," Jackson said Monday night in a telephone interview. "It has always been a dream of mine to coach in the NFL."
The 37-year-old Jackson will be reunited with Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie, his former coach when he played for the Cleveland Browns.
Jackson played parts of four seasons with Cleveland from 2002-05. During that time, Robiskie served as wide receivers coach, offensive coordinator and interim head coach of the Browns.
"When I went on my interview [at Tennessee], some of the same plays they were talking about we ran here at Temple and it was good to be speaking the same football language," Jackson said.
Jackson came to Temple in 2015 as the wide receivers coach and added the duty of passing game coordinator this past season.
The development of the receivers this season was among the positive developments for the Owls, who won the American Athletic Conference title and tied the single-season school record for wins during a 10-4 season.
Temple's top three leaders in reception yards — Ventell Bryant, Keith Kirkwood, and Adonis Jennings — will return next season.
A graduate of Western Illinois, where he played quarterback and receiver, Jackson also has served as an assistant at North Carolina State, Northern Illinois, Akron, and Western Illinois.
"This was probably the most fun I had as a football coach since I've been coaching, being around these kids, that coaching staff," Jackson said. "I had a great experience here and it is something I won't forget."