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University of Florida Head Football Coach

Athletic director Jeremy Foley hired Gainesville native Will Muschamp as the University of Florida’s 23rd head football coach in December 2010. Familiar with the Southeastern Conference, Muschamp had a reputation as a relentless recruiter who was familiar with the state of Florida and the SEC.

Muschamp came to UF after being the coach-in-waiting and defensive coordinator at the University of Texas since November 2008. He brought 16 years of coaching experience with him, including 12 years in the SEC, eight as a coach and four as a player at the University of Georgia. The son of a football coach, he turned down appointments at West Point and Annapolis to become a four-year letterman as a safety at the University of Georgia from 1991-94, where he was voted defensive co-captain as a senior.

Under Muschamp's leadership, UF improved from a 6-6 regular season in 2011 to an 11-1 regular season in 2012, which marked the biggest one-year leap for the program in 32 years. In addition, the Gators finished 7-1 in the SEC East, tying for the division crown. After not being ranked in the final polls in each of the previous two seasons, the Gators finished No. 3 in the final regular-season BCS standings, the third highest finish in school history. Florida defeated three top-10 opponents for just the second time in school history. Muschamp was named the SEC Coach of the Year by CBSSports.com, and was also voted as the SEC Coach of the Year by his peers around the league.

Florida returned to a bowl game in 2014, ranking among the SEC and national leaders in several defensive and special-teams categories. Highlights of Muschamp’s final season with the Gators included a 38-20 win over conference rival and eighth-ranked Georgia in which UF rushed for 418 yards and gave its head coach his first win in the Florida-Georgia rivalry as a player or coach.

In his five seasons as an SEC defensive coordinator, Muschamp’s defenses ranked among the nation’s top 10 in total defense every single year, while always maintaining a top-15 rating in scoring defense, including three times inside the top 10. From 2008-10 under Muschamp’s guidance, the Texas defense ranked No. 1 in the nation. In the 2009 and 2010 NFL Drafts, Muschamp had a combined eight players drafted.

In his playing career at Georgia, Muschamp earned his way from walk-on to scholarship player by the spring of his redshirt freshman season and eventually was named co-captain for his senior season. He also earned a spot on the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 1993. The 1994 graduate of the University of Georgia moved immediately into coaching following his collegiate playing career, working as a graduate assistant at Auburn from 1995-96, earning his master’s degree in 1996.

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