Dan Mullen hired as Florida football's head coach
Dan Mullen is officially head coach of Florida's football program.
His track record shows he's capable of providing the offensive attack that Florida's been missing for years. As Florida's Offensive Coordinator/ Quarterbacks Coach in 2008, Mullen’s offense ranked third nationally in scoring – averaging more than 45 points per game.
In Florida football's media release Mullen said, “Megan and I are very excited to get back to Gainesville and the University of Florida. I have such great memories of the championships we won during our time here and have a love for Florida. We are happy to be coming back to such a supportive administration, staff, student body and fan base, which is the premier football program in the country.
“We will give relentless effort in everything that we do on and off the field. Our commitment will match the passion that the Gator Nation has for this program.”
Athletic Director Scott Stricklin said Mullen is the most prepared candidate to have immediate and long-term success, adding, “Coach Mullen is one of the best offensive minds in all of college football, and has an unbelievable track record in tutoring successful quarterbacks."
Some of Mullen's former students include Alex Smith, Chris Leak, Tim Tebow, Dak Prescott and Nick Fitzgerald.
“Coach Mullen will do a tremendous job in developing accountability and toughness through a well-coordinated strength and conditioning program," Stricklin said. "Dan will work closely with the coaching staff, academic advising staff and administrative team to give every student athlete he coaches the opportunity to grow and excel at a high level athletically, academically and socially.”
In 2014 he was named national college football coach of the year by the Maxwell Football Club, in addition to SEC coach of the year.
At Mississippi State, Mullen became the leader in the program's recent history of player development. He produced seven first- or second-round picks in the last seven NFL Drafts, compared to zero by his predecessors in the eight years prior to his tenure.
Mullen began his coaching career in 1994 with Wagner, coaching the wide receivers. He then went on to coach at Columbia, Syracuse and Notre Dame. His first job overseeing quarterbacks came in 2001 at Bowling Green. From there he moved on to Utah and Florida, then received his first and only head coach position at Mississippi State from 2009 to 2017.
Prior to Mullen being hired, players discussed the traits they look for in a head coach: