Former Gators' coach Zach Azzanni joins Wisconsin staff
Former Florida wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni has been hired for the same position at Wisconsin, the Badgers announced on Monday.
Azzani joined Florida’s staff in December 2009, but was not retained after former coach Urban Meyer resigned at the end of the 2010 season. He spent last season at Western Kentucky. Prior to his time in Gainesville, Azzanni spent three seasons as the assistant head coach and receivers coach at his alma mater, Central Michigan.
With Azzanni directing the offense, Western Kentucky featured the nation’s No. 2 rusher this season, Bobby Rainey. He averaged 141.3 rushing yards per game, running for 1,695 yards and 13 touchdowns. Behind Rainey, the Hilltoppers led the Sun Belt Conference in rushing offense. WKU tight end Jack Doyle was also the top receiving tight end in the Sun Belt and finished fifth among TEs in the country in receiving yards. Western Kentucky was 7-1 in the Sun Belt, finishing second to Arkansas State. That followed a 2-10 overall record in 2010. WKU improved its conference win total by five from 2010 to 2011, the biggest turnaround in Sun Belt history.