Meyer assistants all have jobs


The nine assistant coaches under Urban Meyer in 2010 all have jobs now. The lastest (and last) to hook up with a school was former Gator wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni, who was named the offensive coordinator at Western Kentucky on Thursday.

Two of Meyer’s assistants, of course, were retained by new UF coach Will Muschamp — linebackers coach and special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin and Brian White, the tight ends/fullbacks coach who now is now the running backs coach.

Two more Meyer assistants followed Steve Addazio to Temple — Chuck Heater and Scot Loeffler. Heater, a long-time Meyer assistant, is the defensive coordinator for the Owls, while Loeffler, UF’s quarterbacks coach the past two years, is the offensive coordinator.

Here’s where the other Meyer assistants are now working:

• Teryl Austin, who was hired away form the NFL a little over a year ago to be the Gators’ defensive coordinator, has returned to the NFL, where he is the new secondary coach for the Baltimore Ravens.

• Dan McCarney, the popular defensive line coach under Meyer, is the new head coach at North Texas.

• Stan Drayton, who was in his second stint as UF’s running backs coach, is now the wide receivers coach at Ohio State. Drayton, who was also UF’s recruiting coordinator, is an Ohio native.

The fact Meyer’s assistants all have jobs has an impact on the athletic budget at Florida. Meyer’s assistants were all under contract at UF through the 2011 season. But now that they have other jobs, UF has no further financial obligation.


  1. Coaching is such a small world. Many guys who graduate from one university end up coaching at an arch-rival school. Many head coaches who are up and coming were assistants previously at the same school (Look at all those who were mentored by Lou Holtz1) Should remind all of them that your “enemy” now may turn out to be your cohert later. You listening UGA defensive coordinator/

  2. Yep good riddons,take your 2 National titles and your year removed from a 1 loss season.
    Stay classy fellow Gators,way to trash a great program.
    Glad you guys are Gators thru and thru.
    I’ll call you boo birds Gatortrash from now on.
    From the real fans thank you for the great run Meyer and staff you’ll be missed.

  3. I have nothing but respect for all the coaches we have had at Florida. Some of them didn’t work out and are now at other schools or in the NFL but they deserve our respect. They gave everything they had to the Gators to make them one of the best programs (if not the best) in the country!!

    Go Gators!!!

  4. Someday I wish the Sun would woukld publish a list of all those who have played for UF, coached at UF and what they arew doing now in the coaching profession. Makes me think of the Auburn Head Coach, Gene Chiznick, who was once an unheralded walkon at UF. Would be very interesting to see the names…eg Doug Dickey, June Jones, Galen Hall…

  5. I wish those coaches the very best of luck with their new positions. I look forward to the new staff implemented this upcoming season. Hopefully we can get back to our winning and dominate ways in the seasons to come. GO GATORS!!!!

  6. Glad for those coaches and wish them well. I have to admit, for a team that under achieved, it is surprising that the assistants grabbed 2 HC positions, 2 OC, 1 DC, and 1 NFL gig with one of the most respected defenses in the NFL. Shows the respect Meyer built.

  7. @ ATL Gator. I agree with you. When a boat is sinking, some times you fix the hole and bail, other times you get a new boat. The shame of it all is Meyer had the best intentions sleep walking through last season, but in the end, instead of saving his assistant’s jobs, they are mostly all gone. The law of unintended consequences. Few coaches can “Bobby Bowden” their way through years and years of not coaching.

  8. Good luck guys.. thanks for the memories… you’d still be here if coach meyer had been able to put in the time needed… I do believe his medical condition was more serious than he let on.. that being said, the gator nation would have embraced him much more had he not been so secretive & opened up about it all..

  9. I’m a Gator fan from a looooooong time back, and I’ve got a grandson on the team. From what I’m hearing, all Charlie Weis does is eat! The boys on the team all make fun of him because he’s so fat! The word around the office is that Weis took this job because of the great unlimited, high-fat food at the Gator training table. Those cheap irish catholics at Notre Dame didn’t give him the daily “all you can eat” buffets like he has in Gainesville. The guy will explode soon, he’s so damn fat!