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John "Doc" Holliday

  • Associate Head Coach; Safeties

Coaching Experience
2005-Present Florida (Associate Head Coach/Safeties)
2000-04 N.C. State (Associate Head Coach/Wide Receivers)
1995-99 West Virginia (Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers)
1993-95 West Virginia (Wide Receivers)
1990-92 West Virginia (Inside Linebackers)
1983-89 West Virginia (Wide Receivers)
1981-82 West Virginia (Part-time assistant)
1979-80 West Virginia (Graduate Assistant)

Coaching Accomplishments

  • 29 years of collegiate coaching experience with 18 bowl appearances, including two national championship games (1989 while with West Virginia and 2006 with Florida).
  • The Gator secondary has led the SEC in interceptions two of the past three seasons with 16 in 2005 (tied with Georgia) and 21 in 2006. UF's 2006 total tied for the fourth highest in school history.
  • Florida's 2006 pass defense efficiency (98.3) ranked fourth nationally and second in the SEC. UF surrendered 10 passing touchdowns in 2006 (tied for eighth nationally). The unit also ranked second in scoring defense in the league and sixth nationally (13.5).
  • Guided Reggie Nelson in 2006 as the safety was a consensus All-American and a finalist for the Jim Thorpe and Bronko Nagurski Awards.
  • Tutored the 2005 safeties at Florida that were part of as secondary that allowed just 52.3 percent of passes to be complete – the 16th best percentage nationally. A member of the UF secondary had a sack in five of the 12 games on the year. 
  • Named one of's Top 25 recruiters for 2005.
  • The 2003 N.C. State team set school records in almost every statistical category: pass attempts (496), pass completions (357), passing yards (4,580), passing yards per game (352.3), passing TDs (35) and pass completion percentage (.720).
  • The 2003 N.C. State team also topped school marks with 37.6 points per game, 453.2 total offense yards per game, 311 first downs and 6.6 yards per play.
  • The 2002 squad finished first in school history in total yards (5,485), passing yards (3,468), most points scored (460) and most first downs (281).
  • The 2002 N.C. State offense led the ACC in scoring (32.9 ppg.).
  • The 2001 Wolfpack offense set school records for completion percentage (.644) and fewest turnovers (13).
  • Coached three of the top-eight receivers in N.C. State history (Koren Robinson, Bryan Peterson and Jerricho Cotchery).
  • Coached three of the top six receivers in Big East history at West Virginia.
  • Directed the Big East’s leading receiver in 1996, 1997 and 1998.
  • Coached the top three career and single-season reception leaders in WVU history and eight of the top 10 players in both categories.

S REGGIE NELSON - First-team All-America (AP, FWAA, Walter Camp). A finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and the Bronko Nagurski Award. First Team All-SEC (Coaches and AP). First-round selection (21st overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
S MAJOR WRIGHT - Freshman All-America first-team ( Freshman All-American second-team ( Freshman All-America Honorable Mention (Sporting News). All-SEC Freshman team (Coaches9.

WR KOREN ROBINSON - First-team All-ACC wide receiver in 2000.
WR JERRICHO COTCHERY - First-team All-ACC wide receiver in 2002 and 2003.

WR REGGIE REMBER - Third-team All American wide receiver in 1989 by Associated Press.
LB STEVE GRANT - All-Big East second-round selection line backer in 1991.
WR RAHSAAN VANTERPOOL - All-Big East second-round selection wide receiver in 1994, 1995, and 1996.
WR DAVID SOUNDERS: All-Big East first-round selection wide receiver in 1996 and All-Big East 2nd round selection in 1998.
WR SHAWN FOREMAN - All-Big East first-round selection wide receiver in 1997 and 1998.
WR KHORI IVY - All-Big East second-round selection wide receiver in 1999.

NFL PLAYERS (Round drafted)
WR Willie Drewery (11th) – West Virginia ’83 – Houston Oilers
WR Reggie Rembert (2nd) – West Virginia ’89 – Cincinnati Bengals
OL Rashan Vanter Pool (4th) – West Virginia ’90 – Indianapolis Colts
LB Steve Grant (10th) – West Virginia ’91– Indianapolis Colts
WR James Jett (FA) – West Virginia ’92 – Oakland Raiders
WR Jay Kearney (6th) – West Virginia ’93 – Green Bay Packers
LB Shawn Foreman (5th) – West Virginia ’98 – Buffalo Bills
WR Jerricho Cotchery, (4th) - N.C. State '02 - New York Jets
WR Koren Roberson (1st) - N.C. State '02 - Seattle Seahawks
S Jarvis Herring (FA) - Florida ‘06 - New England Patriots
S Reggie Nelson (1st) - Florida '07 - Jacksonville Jaguars

Playing Career
- Three-year letterwinner at linebacker at West Virginia.

Personal Information
Hometown: Hurricane, W.Va.
Birthdate: April 21, 1957
Education: 1979 - Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from West Virginia University; 1981 - Master’s Degree in Safety Management from West Virginia University 
Marital Status: Married to the former Diana Phillips
Children: Meghan (21), Cade (20) who is a redshirt sophomore walk-on on the Florida team, Chase (18) and Cody (16)


Bowl Games as a Coach/Player
1981: Peach 1997: Gator
1982: Gator 1997: Carquest
1983: Hall of Fame 1998:
1984: Bluebonnet 2000:
1987: Sun 2001: Tangerine
1989: Fiesta 2003: Gator
1989: Gator 2003: Tangerine
1994: Sugar 2006: Outback
1995: Carquest 2007: BCS National Championship
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