Posted: 9:12 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2013
By Jason Lieser
Florida coach Will Muschamp plucked Jeff Choate from Texas-El Paso to complete his staff and fill the recent vacancy created by Bryant Young’s resignation.
Choate, who was hired as UTEP’s defensive coordinator in January, will be the Gators’ outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.
“He is a high-energy coach, an outstanding recruiter and evaluator, and has a reputation as one of the top special-teams coaches in the nation,” Muschamp said in a statement released by the University Athletic Association. “He has coached on both sides of the ball and was most recently a defensive coordinator. He sees the big picture and will be a great addition to our staff.”
Choate coached linebackers at Washington State last season before taking the job at UTEP. Prior to that, he was an assistant at Boise State from 2006 through ’11. In addition to various position groups, he was the special teams coordinator all six years.
Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease was an assistant at Boise State during that same span.
Before going to Boise State in 2006, Choate was the special teams coordinator at Eastern Illinois (‘05) and Utah State (’03-’04).
Young stepped down last week for personal reasons after two seasons as Florida’s defensive ends coach.
Choate is one of three new coaches on this year’s staff, joining defensive line coach Brad Lawing (South Carolina) and receivers coach Joker Phillips (Kentucky).
Over the past year, the Gators lost defensive coordinator Dan Quinn (Seattle Seahawks), receivers coach Aubrey Hill (resignation) and Young (resignation).