Report: Position change for UF assistant coach

Florida running backs coach Ja'Juan Seider runs a drill with players during the first day of fall football practice at the Indoor Practice Facility last August. It is expected that Seider may change position to coach. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Although it is not official yet, it appears Ja’Juan Seider, the only assistant from Jim McElwain’s staff retained by new Florida football coach Dan Mullen, is switching roles.

Seider has moved from running backs coach to tight ends coach on the new staff,  according to reports.

Greg Knox, who coached the running backs at Mississippi State under Mullen, will have the same role for the Gators, along with coaching special teams.

No official announcement has come from Mullen yet on what roles his assistant coaches will have, other than Todd Grantham being named the defensive coordinator when he was hired. Mullen is not expected to reveal coaching responsibilities for the other assistants until he adds the 10th and final assistant to his staff.

Here, however, is what is anticipated:

  • Billy Gonzales will coach wide receivers and serve as the co-offensive coordinator along with John Hevesy, who will remain Mullen’s offensive line coach.
  • Grantham is the defensive coordinator and also likely will work with the linebackers.
  • Brian Johnson will coach quarterbacks.
  • Knox will coach running backs and special teams.
  • Seider will be the tight ends coach
  • Charlton Warren will be the defensive backs coach.
  • Sal Sunseri will coach the defensive line.
  • Former MSU grad assistant Christian Robinson will coach linebackers.

Seider got productive play out of the running backs last fall in his first season at UF and  was considered one of the best recruiters on McElwain’s staff. He played a key role in the Gators signing two four-star running backs during the early signing period last month — Iverson Clement and Dameon Pierce.


  1. Excellent, the only keeper coach from last year. Handwriting was on the wall for this move when Knox came in. Also will give Jajuan and opportunity to expand his coaching resume. Will make a great TE coach. Congrats to Coach Seider. Go Gators.

    • Yeah AF I feel ya, seems a lot like a move to keep a guy on staff because of his recruiting skillset, and just find some field coaching slot on staff for him. But, you know what I say? Let DM do what he wants to do, and as long as he progresses anything beyond the train wreck coach “aw shucks” left us with, we should be thrilled and grateful. We are so far behind the Red Elephants and Ugg-uh in terms of talent, it could take 3 or 4 years before we can legitimately compete with either of them again. Anything that gets us on the north side of 6 wins next year with an offense that can move the ball reasonably well should be embraced. I hate it that I have to say that, but this last poor excuse for an HBC set us back years in terms of talent. Go Dan, do what you need to do. Glad that you’re staying, Ja’Juan Seider..

  2. I am going t6o laugh, very loudly, when Mullen shows why he was stuck in Starkville for nine years. The folks that claim hee he is a great hire don’t seem to realize what a mediocre coach Mullen really is. I assume that no one recalls how Mississippi State looked in 2016, which was only two years ago. Mullen lost, at home, to South Alabama. South Alabama! Mississippi Stae also lost to Brigham Young the same season. For those of you that don’t know, BYU hasn’t been a good team for years.
    I just wonder wherer some pundits, like the moroon Will Miles, are gewtting the idea that Mullen is a great hire. How can ANYONE at a Power Five school lose to South Albama?
    When Mullen lays a similar tpye of egg at Florida, don’t act surprised. He’s done it before, and he’ll do it again at UF. I think it all comes back to Foley. Foley is the guy that gave UF Zook, Muschamp, and McElwain. Don’t credit Foley for Meyer,. He was instructed to make sure he hired Meyer by UF’s President. He did a good job luring Meyer to UF, to his credit, but Meyer was never someone Fley would have chosen because Hre was never, ever, going to be Meyer’s boss. Foley’s parting gift was hiring Stricklin, and Stricklin, apparently, forgot how it was a huge embarassment to lose to South Alabama. Like North Korea being a gift from Joseph Stalin, that continues to be an utter mess, Foley’s legacy when it comes to UF football will lasst many more years. There’s a reason no one, but a desperate team like Tennessee, wanted Mullen. I predict that Tennessee will thank it’s lucky stars that they lost out on Mullen, and that Pruitt will destroy MMullen with ease.