New Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp announced the first five members of his coaching staff on Sunday in an official statement from the University of Florida.
Muschamp decided to retain current Florida running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Stan Drayton, linebackers coach/special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin and tight ends coach Brian White. He also confirmed that former Gators pass catcher Aubrey Hill had been hired as wide receivers coach and announced that former Auburn Tigers All-SEC first team cornerback Travaris Robinson will coach the defensive backs.
“I thought it was important to have some continuity in the staff – D.J., Stan and Brian bring that to the table,” Muschamp said. “They are also solid recruiters. Aubrey is obviously a Gator, and it’s always a plus when you have someone coach at their alma mater. He understands the passion and the expectations here, and I know he is excited to return to Gainesville.
“Travaris worked on our staff and Auburn is a winner. He has competed at the highest level in this sport and is a good young coach with strong ties to the South Florida area, which will benefit us in recruiting.”
A Miami, FL native, Hill is a Gators alum who played for head coach Steve Spurrier from 1991-94 when Florida won their first three Southeastern Conference Championships. He served as a graduate assistant under Spurrier from 1996-98 and has coached wide receivers since 1999 including stints at Duke (1999-2003), Elon (2004), Pittsburgh (2005-07) and Miami (2008-10). He served as the Hurricanes recruiting coordinator only for the 2010 season.
Robinson is a four-time letterwinner for Auburn (1999-2002) who played two years in the NFL and worked as a graduate assistant under Muschamp when he was the Tigers’ defensive coordinator. Also a native of Miami, he coached at Western Kentucky (2008) and Southern Miss (2009) before being hired to the Texas Tech Red Raiders staff as an assistant secondary coach by former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville.
Offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Steve Addazio, who has been hired as head coach of the Temple Owls, will be replaced by Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis with an announcement expected for Monday. Associate head coach and defensive line coach Dan McCarney left the team before its bowl game to take the top job with the North Texas Mean Green.
|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.