Florida Gators Finalize Football Coaching Staff With Two Hires

    Florida has put the finishing touches on its new football coaching staff. Jim McElwain and the Gators have hired an offensive line coach and a secondary coach.

    February 4, 2017

    Florida has put the finishing touches on its new football coaching staff. Jim McElwain and the Gators have hired an offensive line coach and a secondary coach.


    The coaching carousel finally stopped spinning in Gainesville on Saturday.

    On a day when the Gators lost their defensive backs coach to the Washington Redskins—leaving the program with a second void to fill on its staff—Florida quickly announced that it had inked deals with Corey Bell to coach the secondary and Brad Davis to head up the offensive line.

    The promptness of the Bell hire makes it likely that Gators head coach Jim McElwain knew that the Gray departure was imminent. Meanwhile, the Gators had been looking for a new O-Line coach since Mike Summers left for the same job at Louisville in January.

    Bell, who was just hired as secondary coach at USF about two weeks ago, spent the past two seasons as Florida Atlantic’s DBs coach. The Miami native, who played cornerback at South Carolina, was a longtime high school coach in South Florida who also served as director of football operations at Miami from 2007-10, when new UF defensive coordinator Randy Shannon was the head coach. Bell was also a teammate of Gators defensive line coach Chris Rumph at South Carolina.

    Davis, meanwhile, held the same position at North Texas. He is a former starting offensive lineman at Oklahoma for Bob Stoops and was the offensive line coach at East Carolina for one season before moving to Denton. He also served as O-Line coach at FCS programs Portland State and James Madison.

    The moves to complete the Gators’ coaching staff comes on the heels of Florida announcing on Friday that JaJuan Seider has been hired as an assistant. The South Florida native is also known for his recruiting ties in key areas within the state.

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