Gainesville, Fla.--Tim Davis, who has over 25 years of coaching experience, including nine years with current members of the Gator coaching staff, has been named the new offensive line coach for the University of Florida football team, head coach Will Muschamp announced on Monday. Davis comes to UF after serving in the same role at his alma mater, Utah, last season and will replace Frank Verducci.
Davis has coached in 15 bowl games and been a part of two National Championship teams. He has tutored 11 players that have gone on to play in the National Football League.
"Tim is a perfect fit for our program - he has a history of coaching in a pro-style offense and shares the same program philosophies," said Muschamp. "It will be a seamless transition for our players and staff. He worked with Brian White at Wisconsin, Derek Lewis at Minnesota and Dan Quinn and I worked with him at the Miami Dolphins. He understands the values that we put on the line of scrimmage and he will help us get where we want to be at that position after Coach Verducci made a decision to pursue other interests. We wish Frank the best of luck and appreciate his efforts towards the Gator program."
The veteran offensive line coach's career began in 1981 and has included stops in the Big Ten, the Pac-10 (and Pac-12), the Southeastern Conference and the NFL. He spent the 2011 season coaching the Utes' offensive line in their inaugural season in the Pac-12.
You don't have to look far to see the connections that Davis has to the current Florida coaching staff. In 2009-10, Davis coached the Minnesota offensive line and worked alongside Lewis, the current UF tight ends coach.
Prior to his time with the Golden Gophers, Davis spent a season in Tuscaloosa as the Director of Player Personnel at Alabama under Nick Saban. Davis also worked alongside Saban and current UF coaches Muschamp and Quinn with the Miami Dolphins (2005-06). From 1997-2001, Davis and White, the current Gator running backs coach, worked together at Wisconsin.
Davis has also coached at Southern Cal, serving as offensive line coach from 2002-04. The Trojans won the 2005 BCS National Championship Game and were voted No. 1 in the Associated Press and Football Writers Association of America polls following the 2003 season.
"I'm excited to work with Coach Muschamp again and join the Florida football program," said Davis. "Like most assistant coaches, I've been on a number of coaching staffs and usually there is a transition period when you join a new staff. I don't look at this as joining a new staff, having worked with Coach Muschamp, Dan Quinn, Brian White and Derek Lewis in the past. I understand the shared philosophies of the staff and look forward to being part of The Gator Nation."
Early in his career, Davis spent time as a student assistant at Utah (1981-82), a graduate assistant and volunteer coach at Wisconsin (1983-86) and a graduate assistant at Arizona (1987). He spent one season as the Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line coach at Walla Walla Community College in 1988 before returning to the Division I level at Idaho State in 1989 to coach the Bengal's offensive line.
Davis returned to his alma mater for the first time in 1990 and spent seven years with the Utes before heading to Wisconsin.
As a player, Davis started his collegiate career at Chabot Junior College in Hayward, Calif., as an offensive tackle for two seasons, and he was later inducted into the Chabot College Hall of Fame. He then transferred to Utah where he was a three-year letterman on the offensive line, earning the team's Most Inspirational Player Award in 1980. Davis played professionally in the CFL for the Hamilton Tigercats (1981) and in the USFL for the L.A. Express (1983).
A native of Castro Valley, Calif., Davis earned a Bachelor's in physical education at Utah in 1982 and a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction at Wisconsin in 1986. He is married to the former Janice Price, and the couple has one son, Nick, and one daughter, Mary Rose.
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