With running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Stan Drayton departing for the Ohio State Buckeyes last week, Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp announced Wednesday during his National Signing Day press conference that some changes have been made to his first coaching staff.
Muschamp hired Derek Lewis to coach tight ends and shifted former TE coach Brian White‘s responsibilities to coaching running backs. Additionally, wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill will take over Drayton’s recruiting coordinator duties.
Lewis, Minnesota’s tight ends and assistant special teams coach since 2007, was a graduate assistant with the Texas Longhorns from 2005-06. He had a solid career as a four-year letterman at Texas from 1995-98 and spent two seasons in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams (1999-2000), with whom he earned a Super Bowl ring.
“A lot of Gator fans will remember him,’’ Muschamp said of Lewis. “He caught the pass against Nebraska [in 1996] that won Texas the Big 12 Championship and vaulted Florida into the national championship game. He has helped the Gators in the past.”
A running backs coach from 1991-92 with UNLV and 1995-2006 with Wisconsin (where he was also offensive coordinator from 1999-2006), White takes over a job he has plenty of experience doing. Some of the players White has seen succeed under his tutelage as RB coach include Ron Dayne, Michael Bennett, Anthony Davis and Brian Calhoun – all four of whom were selected in the NFL Draft. He also produced eight 1,000-yard rushers in his first eight seasons with Wisconsin.
As projected by OGGOA on Jan. 27, Hill steps into the recruiting coordinator role after holding the position for the Miami Hurricanes in 2010.
“I’m really pleased with the job he did recruiting and what he brings to the staff, especially as a former Gator,” Muschamp said of his decision to give Hill the added responsibilities.
|Offensive coordinator||Steve Addazio||Charlie Weis|
|Quarterbacks coach||Scot Loeffler||Charlie Weis|
|Defensive coordinator||Teryl Austin||Dan Quinn|
|Defensive line coach||Dan McCarney*||Dan Quinn
Assistant: Bryant Young
|Running backs coach|
|Stan Drayton||Brian White|
|Offensive line coach|
Running game coordinator
|Steve Addazio||Frank Verducci|
|Wide receivers coach|
|Zach Azzanni||Aubrey Hill|
|Tight ends coach||Brian White||Derek Lewis|
Special teams coordinator
|D.J. Durkin||D.J. Durkin|
|Defensive backs coach||Austin/Chuck Heater*||Travaris Robinson|
|Strength & conditioning||Mickey Marotti||Mickey Marotti|
*McCarney was also assistant head coach; Heater held the role of co-defensive coordinator. Muschamp has not named an assistant (or associate) head coach as of press time.
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