GatorZone.com Senior Writer
TAMPA, Fla. – The Will Muschamp Era has officially started. On his first day as Florida’s new head football coach, Muschamp quickly began to move the program forward.
Muschamp announced the hiring of assistant coaches Aubrey Hill, a former Gators receiver, and Travaris Robinson on Sunday. He also announced that D.J. Durkin, Brian White and Stan Drayton will be retained from Urban Meyer’s coaching staff.
Durkin is the linebackers/special teams coordinator, White will coach tight ends, and Drayton is running backs coach/recruiting coordinator.
Hill returns to UF as the new receivers coach and Robinson, a former Auburn standout who stated his coaching career as a graduate assistant under Muschamp during Muschamp’s stint as Auburn’s defensive coordinator in 2006-07, is the Gators’ new defensive backs coach.
“I thought it was important to have some continuity in the staff – D.J., Stan and Brian bring that to the table,” Muschamp said. “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 and Auburn and is a winner. He has competed at the highest level in this sport and is a good young coach with strong ties to the South Florida area, which will benefit us in recruiting.’’
Muschamp had announced previously that Mickey Marotti, UF’s strength-and-conditioning coordinator, would be retained.
Two other members of Meyer’s final staff – offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Steve Addazio and defensive line coach Dan McCarney – have left to take over their own programs. Addazio is Temple’s new coach and McCarney recently was named head coach at North Texas.
Muschamp was introduced as Florida’s new coach on Dec. 14. He attended a few practices and has worked behind the scenes to hire a coaching staff as Meyer prepared the team for his final game, Saturday’s 37-24 win over Penn State here in the Outback Bowl. Muschamp watched the game from a private suite with Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley.
Hill, 38, returns to UF after spending the past three years as receivers coach at Miami. Hill played for the Gators from 1991-94, helping Florida win three SEC Championships as a player. He later served as a graduate assistant on Steve Spurrier’s staff from 1996-98.
In his final season at Miami, Hill helped Hurricanes receiver Leonard Hankerson have one of the best seasons in school history with a school-record 12 touchdown catches.
Prior to Miami, Hill spent three seasons as receivers coach at Pittsburgh. During his playing days at UF, Hill caught 86 passes, including 18 touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Robinson rejoins Muschamp after spending last season at Texas Tech. A Miami native who has strong recruiting ties to the area, Robinson started his coaching career in 2006 after playing two seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Bucs.
A four-time letterwinner as a player at Auburn, Robinson, 29, earned AP All-SEC first-team honors as a senior with 92 tackles, four interceptions and three pass break-ups.
Following a two-year stint under Muschamp at Auburn, Robinson served as an assistant coach at Western Kentucky in 2008 and Southern Miss in 2009 before joining Tommy Tuberville’s inaugural staff at Texas Tech this season.
“This is a good start to our coaching staff and I hope to have some additional announcements this week,’’ Muschamp said.