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Charlie Strong

  • Associate Head Coach
  • Defensive Coordinator; Linebackers

Coaching Experience:
2008-Present Florida (Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)
2005-2007 Florida (Assistant Head Coach; Co-Defensive Coordinator; Linebackers)
Dec. 2004 Florida (Interim Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator)
2003-2004 Florida (Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Ends)
1999-2002 South Carolina (Defensive Coordinator)
1995-1998 Notre Dame (Defensive Line)
1994 Florida (Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Tackles)

Florida (Defensive Ends)

1990 Ole Miss (Wide Receivers)
1988-89 Florida (Outside Linebackers)
1986-87 Southern Illinois (Wide Receivers)
1985 Texas A&M (Graduate Assistant)
1983-84 Florida (Graduate Assistant)

Coaching Accomplishments

  • Was the interim head coach for the 2004 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl vs. Miami (Fla.)
  • Re-joined the Gator staff for the fourth time in his career in Dec. 2002.
  • Has 27 years experience as a collegiate coach (Florida, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Southern Illinois, Texas A&M) and nine years as a defensive coordinator. Also has two years of coaching experience at the professional level as an intern with the New Orleans Saints in 1993 and the Detroit Lions in 1994.
  • Was the defensive coordinator for seven seasons, making him the longest tenured UF defensive coordinator since Doug Knotts held the post from 1970-78. Only Knotts and Gene Ellenson (1963-69) have held the position longer than Coach Strong in UF records dating back to 1960.
  • Coached in 21 bowl games, including 14 January bowl games and two national championships.
  • In 2009 he was a finalist for the Broyles award, which recognizes college football’s top assistant, for the third time in his career. He was also named a finalist in 2008 at Florida and in 2000 while he was the Defensive Coordinator at South Carolina.
  • Named one of the nation's top 25 best recruiters by for his part in the 2007 signing class that was ranked No. 1 by most outlets.
  • UF scored points off turnovers in 64 of the 92 games in which he was the defensive coordinator.
  • UF intercepted 131 passes in his seven years as defensive coordinator, the third-highest total in the nation and the most in the SEC during those seven seasons. In 2008, the team intercepted a school-record tying 26 passes.
  • UF ranked first in the SEC and sixth in the nation in rushing defense over his last five seasons (2005-09), allowing only 95.1 yards per game. During the same time frame, Florida ranked fifth in total defense, allowing 289.7 yards/game.
  • The 2009 UF defense ranked first in the SEC in pass defense (152.8 yds/game) and second in rushing defense (99.8 yds/game), total defense (252.6 yds/game) and scoring defense (12.4 pts/game). UF ranked in the top 10 nationally in pass defense (2nd), total defense (4th), scoring defense (4th) and pass efficiency defense (6th).
  • Allowed only 16 offensive touchdowns in 2009, tied for the second-best total in the nation since 1996 among teams that have played 14 games. The UF defense gave up only 152.8 passing yards per game in 2009, the fourth-lowest mark for a single-season nationally since the 2007 season.
  • UF finished the 2008 season ranked first in the SEC in scoring defense (12.9, fourth in the nation), turnover margin (+22, second in the nation), pass efficiency defense (96.7, third in the nation) and red zone defense (69.2, third in the nation).
  • In the 2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game against Oklahoma, Strong’s defense held the highest-scoring offense in the history of college football to 14 points (40 points below the Sooners’ season average) and 363 total yards (nearly 200 yards below their season average).
  • Overall, the 2008 UF defense ranked in the top-20 nationally in 10 statistical categories: interceptions (T-1st), turnover margin (2nd), turnovers gained (3rd), red zone defense (3rd), scoring defense (4th), total defense (9th), fourth-down defense (13th), rush defense (15th), sacks (T-18th) and pass defense (20th).
  • Five defensive players earned All-SEC recognition from either the Associated Press or the league’s coaches in 2008 and two freshmen earned SEC All-Freshmen honors.
  • Helped develop junior linebacker Brandon Spikes into a consensus first-team All-American and repeat All-SEC selection in 2008. He earned All-SEC honors as a sophomore in 2007, marking the first time since 1999 (Jamie Winborn, Vanderbilt) that an underclassman (freshman or sophomore) linebacker earned Coaches’ First-Team All-SEC recognition.
  • In 2007, was a vital part in helping Florida lead the SEC in rushing defense for the second straight season while surrendering only 103.3 yards per game. That tally also registered as the 10th-best nationally.
  • Florida led the SEC in defensive players on the 2007 All-SEC Freshman Team with three, including linebacker A.J. Jones and defensive backs Joe Haden and Major Wright.
  • One of the architects of a 2006 Florida defensive unit that topped the SEC in rushing defense at 72.5 yards per game (second-lowest total in school history)  – nearly 25 yards less than the next-best team – and finished second in the league in total defense with an average of 255.4 yards per contest. The Gators’ run defense also ranked fifth in the nation and their total defense rated sixth in the country.
  • Helped guide a UF defense that saw three of its members earn All-America recognition and six garner All-SEC honors in 2006.
  • Co-Defensive Coordinator for a Florida unit that improved in 14 statistical categories in 2005. Florida ranked ninth in the nation in total defense (299.8 ypg.) and 10th nationally in rushing defense (94.9 ypg.).
  • Instilled an aggressive, attacking scheme at Florida that forced 31 turnovers, which was tops in the SEC and ninth-best nationally in 2005. The unit also recorded 33 sacks, the 25th-best total nationally and most at UF since 1999. UF’s 337 yards on tackles for loss in 2005 was the best in school history since records were kept in 1983. 
  • Florida’s 31 forced turnovers resulted in 114 points or 34.3 percent of all UF’s points – tops in the SEC. UF was third in the SEC in three and outs (35.3 percent of all opponent possessions).
  • Only defensive coordinator in the nation the last 11 years to hold Florida State to under 50 yards rushing in three consecutive contests (34 in 2004, 49 in 2005 and 46 in 2006).
  • Coached the SEC’s leading freshmen tacklers in his first two seasons as defensive coordinator at UF (Channing Crowder in 2003 and Brandon Siler in 2004).
  • The Florida defense improved in the following categories from 2003 to 2004: scoring defense, rushing yards per attempt, yards rushing per game, average yards per catch, average yards per completion, yards per play, yards per game and sacks per game.
  • In first season as the Florida defensive coordinator in 2003, the Gators ranked 22nd in the nation in pass efficiency defense and 28th in scoring defense. The 2004 team ranked 27th nationally in pass efficiency defense.
  • In 2003, Florida improved in five different defensive categories from 2002: interceptions, pass deflections, fumble recoveries, forced fumbles and sacks.
  • In 2003, the Gators ranked second in the SEC with 20 interceptions, which tied for the seventh-highest total in school history.
  • UF’s 30 takeaways in 2003 led the SEC.
  • In 2002, as South Carolina’s defensive coordinator, ranked 28th in the nation in passing defense giving up 186.92 yards per game in the air.
  • Ranked 27th in 2001 in total defense allowing an average of 326.55 yard per game. Only 182.36 yards (16th) were given up on passing defense. Ranked 12th in the nation in scoring defense, giving way to only 18.4 points a game.
  • In 2000, his defensive unit was ranked 16th in total defense after giving up an average of 308.09 yards per game. The corps ranked sixth nationally and first in the SEC in scoring defense, averaging 15.8 points a game, and ranked 24th in passing defense and 28th in rushing defense by allowing 193 and 115.1 yards per game, respectively.
  • In 1999, the Gamecocks ranked 20th in total defense giving way to an average of only 307.7 yards per game.
  • In 2001, coached a Gamecocks defense that helped the USC football team finish the year ranked in the national poll for the entire season. Also contributed to the 2001 Gamecocks finishing 13th in the final AP poll, giving USC it’s first nationally ranked back-to-back seasons in the program’s history. The 2001 team also was the first in school history to win nine games in a season.
  • During his stay with UF from 1991-94, Florida ranked fifth nationally in rushing defense in 1991 and 1994, and ninth in 1993. The Gators also led the SEC in rushing defense in both 1991 and 1994.
  • In 1996, helped a Notre Dame defense that ranked 11th in total defense at 270.0 yards per game.
  • Notre Dame set a school record for sacks with 41.5 in 1997.

Personal Information

Birthdate: Aug. 2, 1960
Hometown: Batesville, Ark.
Education: 1982 - Bachelor's Degree in Education from University of Central Arkansas; 1983 – Master's Degree in Physical Education from Henderson State; 1985 – Master's and Educational Specialists Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida
Family: Married to the former Victoria Lovallo. Has two children, Hailee (12), Hope (9)

Bowl Games as a Coach
1983 Gator 1998 Gator
1985 Cotton 2001 Outback
1988 All-American 2002 Outback
1989 Freedom 2004 Outback
1990 Gator 2004 Peach
1991 Sugar 2006 Outback
1992 Gator 2007 BCS National Championship
1993 Sugar 2008 Capital One
1994 Sugar 2009 BCS National Championship
1995 Orange 2010 Sugar
1997 Independence    
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