New Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain, according to John Middlekauff of 957 The Game, will reportedly make his first hire from his old Colorado State Rams staff with assistant coach Tim Skipper set to join him in Gainesville, Florida.
McElwain’s assistant head coach and linebackers coach at Colorado State, Skipper will reportedly join Florida as running backs coach. A versatile veteran coach who will be in the profession for his 15th season in 2015, Skipper has coached defensive backs, running backs (Fresno State, 2006-08) and linebackers; he’s also coordinated defenses at Western New Mexico (2002) and Sacramento State (2004-05).
Skipper is best known for coaching Ryan Mathews at Fresno State.
As noted by NFL.com’s Bryan Fischer, Skipper’s father (Jim Skipper, Carolina) and brother (Kelly Skipper, Oakland) are both currently running backs coaches in the NFL. Jim Skipper has coached running backs since 1979, coaching in the NFL from 1986-Present (except 2001), while Kelly Skipper has coached running backs since 1997 but has been in the NFL ranks since 2002.
Tim Skipper would be the fourth assistant hired by McElwain, following defensive coordinator Geoff Collins, offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and still-unannounced linebackers coach Randy Shannon.
Hiring Skipper would not necessarily mean that current Gators running backs coach Brian White, the longest-tenured member of Florida’s coaching staff, would be leaving the program. White moved into his current role under Will Muschamp (2011-13) but was initially hired by Urban Meyer in 2009 to coach Florida’s tight ends.