Gators promote Shannon to defensive coordinator

Florida linebackers coach Randy Shannon, who also served as the associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator the past two seasons, was promoted to defensive coordinator, Gators coach Jim McElwain announced Friday. (Matt Stamey/Correspondent) Florida’s defensive players got their wish. Randy Shannon is their new defensive coordinator.

Shannon, the interim coordinator for the Outback Bowl that saw the Gators shut down Iowa, was named the full-time coordinator Friday by UF coach Jim McElwain.

“Coach Shannon has been a big part of our success over the last two years,” McElwain said. “It’s been really cool to watch him handle his business. He really connects with our players and they have a lot of respect for him. More than being a great coach, he is a great mentor and teacher to these young men and that is one of our greatest measuring sticks as coaches.”

Shannon takes over for Geoff Collins, who left in December to become the head coach at Temple.

During the Gators’ bowl preparation, many of UF’s defensive players gave Shannon a strong endorsement.

In his first two seasons on McElwain’s staff, Shannon was the co-defensive coordinator, linebackers coach and associate head coach. The former University of Miami head coach and defensive coordinator certainly had his coaching skills tested this season, with the Gators losing four starting linebackers.

Despite playing freshmen and redshirt freshmen, the UF linebackers held their own and turned in a solid performance in the 30-3 win over Iowa.

“I appreciate the opportunity Coach Mac has given me to be the defensive coordinator at the University of Florida. We will continue to work together as we have the past two years to put together a plan so our players are in a position to be successful in football and in life.”

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