Florida's coaching staff takes shape
Weis, Hill, Robinson all join Muschamp in Gainesville
The Associated Press
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Will Muschamp’s staff at Florida is taking shape.
A day after landing former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator, the Gators hired receivers coach Aubrey Hill and defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson. Florida also retained three current assistants Sunday. Muschamp kept running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Stan Drayton, linebackers coach/special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin and tight ends coach Brian White.
Muschamp already said he would retain strength and conditioning coordinator Mickey Marotti. Drayton, Durkin, White and Marotti will provide Florida continuity while making the transition from former coach Urban Meyer to Muschamp.
Hill, who played at Florida (1991-94), is returning to Gainesville after spending the last three years as Miami’s receivers coach. He also served as the Hurricanes’ recruiting coordinator last year and has ties to talent-rich South Florida.
Robinson, a former Auburn standout and NFL defensive back, comes to the Gators after serving as Texas Tech’s secondary coach last year.
“I thought it was important to have some continuity in the staff,” Muschamp said in a statement. “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 at Auburn and is a winner.”
Muschamp said he expects more coaching moves this week. Weis, currently the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs, is expected to be formally announced Monday.
Hill’s coaching resume includes a stint as a graduate assistant at Florida (1996-98), where he part of the program’s first national championship. He also spent time as Duke’s receivers coach (1999-2003), Elon’s receivers coach (2004) and Pittsburgh’s receivers coach (2005-07).
Robinson played for the Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then returned to Auburn to start his coaching career under Muschamp. Muschamp was Auburn’s defensive coordinator at the time (2006-07), and Robinson was a staff assistant and a graduate assistant.
Drayton and Durkin joined the Gators in 2010.
Drayton came to Gainesville with Meyer in 2005, but left after three seasons. He spent a year at Tennessee (2008) and a year at Syracuse (2009), then rejoined the Gators last year.
Durkin spent three years coaching Stanford’s defensive ends and special teams (2007-09), then joined Meyer’s staff last year as linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.
White came to Florida as tight ends coach in 2009.
Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler, receivers coach Zach Azzanni and defensive backs coach/recruiting coordinator Chuck Heater were not retained.
Defensive line coach Dan McCarney took the head job at North Texas, and offensive coordinator Steve Addazio took over at Temple. Heater is considering joining Addazio with the Owls. Austin has been rumored as a potential replacement for Muschamp as Texas’ defensive coordinator.