Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Temple, UCF get defensive coordinators
By Andrea Adelson
Here are a few non-AQ news items from the past few days. Temple and UCF have hired new defensive coordinators, and I think both are good fits for their respective schools.
New Owls coach Steve Addazio hired Chuck Heater, who served as an assistant with him at Florida. Heater has been a defensive coordinator at three different schools, including co-coordinator in 2010. He also served as recruiting coordinator for several years at Florida, helping reel in classes that ranked in the top two in the nation. Heater coached the safeties and defensive backs while at Florida, helping mentor Ahmad Black, Joe Haden and Janoris Jenkins, among others.
He also worked with former Florida coach Urban Meyer at four different programs and is one of his best friends. So he brings not only an excellent pedigree, but an ability to recruit top talent, something imperative for Temple as Addazio tries to build on the foundation Al Golden left behind.
As for the Knights, they promoted linebackers coach John Skladany to replace Dave Huxtable, who left to become an assistant at Wisconsin. Skladany was defensive coordinator at UCF in 2007 before leaving to become defensive coordinator at Houston. Promoting him allows UCF to keep its continuity with its defense, which has been the strength of the team the past several seasons.
UCF led the league, and ranked among the top 20 in the nation in total, scoring, rushing and passing efficiency defense in 2010. When Skladany was defensive coordinator in 2007, UCF won the C-USA championship and made it to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl before losing to Mississippi State.