Mullen hires English to complete his first UF staff

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Florida hired former Eastern Michigan head coach Ron English to coach safeties on Dan Mullen's staff in Gainesville. [Associated Press/File]

 

New Florida coach Dan Mullen completed his coaching staff Thursday with the hiring of veteran assistant Ron English, who was on Mullen’s staff at Mississippi State last season.

Mullen also announced the assignments for his 10 assistants.

English, a former defensive coordinator at Michigan, Louisville and San Jose State, will coach the UF safeties, while Charlton Warren will coach the cornerbacks.

The other defensive coaches are Todd Grantham (defensive coordinator), Sal Sunseri (defensive line) and Christian Robinson (linebackers).

On the other side of the ball, as expected, Billy Gonzales (wide receivers) is the co-offensive coordinator with John Hevesy (offensive line), while Brian Johnson will coach quarterbacks, Greg Knox will coach running backs and serve as special teams coordinator and Ja’Juan Seider makes the move from running backs coach to tight ends coach.

Seider, the lone coach retained from Jim McElwain’s staff, will be coaching tight ends for the first time in his coaching career.

English, the final addition to the staff, has 20 years of  coaching experience at the FBS level. He is a two-time Broyles Award (top assistant coach) nominee and the 2006 National Defensive Coordinator of the Year.

English was Mississippi State’s safeties coach this past season. In 2016, he was the defensive coordinator at San Jose State. He spent five seasons as head coach at Eastern Michigan from 2009-13.

 

10 COMMENTS

  1. If Knox can hold serve with the RB’s and Seider can improve the TE’s like he did the RB’s, this offense will easily be ranked in the top 50 next year

  2. Welcome aboard Coach. Glad to have someone of your background and experience leading our chargers! Let’s made the Gators great! Go Gators!

  3. Welcome aboard Coach. Glad to have someone of your background and experience leading our chargers! Let’s make the Gators great! Go Gators!

  4. Our coaching staff is locked and loaded with the hire of Ron English, who could easily be the DC or HBC of another program. Can’t remember any UF gridiron staff with this much experience.

    • Neither can I, bud….going all the way back to the Ray Graves era when Pepper Rogers was on staff, and through the Spurrier and Myer eras as well. Put all that SEC experience together with greatly improved stength & conditioning and a winning attitude = ____________.

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