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Monday January 3, 2011Muschamp Names Quinn Defensive Coordinator

Scott Carter
By SCOTT CARTER
GatorZone.com Senior Writer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – New Florida football coach Will Muschamp added another key piece to his coaching staff on Monday, announcing the hiring of Dan Quinn as defensive coordinator/defensive line coach.

Quinn’s addition comes after Muschamp announced earlier Monday that he had hired Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, offensive line coach/running game coordinator Frank Verducci, and assistant athletic director for football operations George Wynn.

 

Like Weis, Quinn is currently on the staff of an NFL team headed for the playoffs, serving as defensive line coach for the past two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Quinn has spent the past 10 years in the NFL, including the 2005 season with Muschamp on Nick Saban’s staff with the Miami Dolphins.

Quinn last coached in college during the 2000 season at Hofstra, where he was defensive coordinator.

“Dan and I worked on the Miami Dolphins’ staff together and he is one of the best I’ve been around in terms of teaching fundamentals,” Muschamp said. “He understands how defenses will need to be multiple and how to put players in a position to be successful.

“The Seattle organization has been great in coordinating the hiring of Dan to our staff and we wish them the best of luck in the playoffs.”

Prior to going to the NFL, Quinn started his coaching career as defensive line coach with William & Mary in 1994, followed by a season with Virginia Military Institute. He held the same position with Hofstra for four seasons before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2000.

Monday’s additions come a day after Muschamp announced that he hired Aubrey Hill, a former Gators receiver, as receivers coach and Travaris Robinson as defensive backs coach. Muschamp retained D.J. Durkin, Brian White and Stan Drayton 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.

 

 

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