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Meyer fills final coaching vacancy



Urban Meyer must have really liked the way the Michigan secondary played in its win over the Gators in the Capital One Bowl.

He went out and hired the coach.

Former Michigan secondary coach Vance Bedford was hired Tuesday as the Gators' new secondary coach. Bedford has 15 years of collegiate experience, and although he comes to UF after just one year with Michigan, he previously was the Wolverines' coach in the same capacity from 1995-98. He also spent six years coaching in the National Football League.

A native of Beaumont, Texas, Bedford was a four-year letterman and starter at cornerback for the University of Texas (1977-79, 1981).Bedford was selected in the fifth round of the 1982 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He played one season with the Cardinals (1982) and a year with the USFL's Oklahoma Outlaws (1984) before embarking on a coaching career.

Bedford is the final hire for three vacancies Meyer had this offseason.

Here is the breakdown of the coaching responsibilities of the staff:

Steve Addazio - Assistant Head Coach, Offense/Offensive Line
Vance Bedford - Cornerbacks
Kenny Carter - Running Backs
Billy Gonzales - Recruiting Coordinator/Wide Receivers
Chuck Heater - Assistant Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
John Hevesy - Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line
Dan McCarney - Assistant Head Coach, Defense/Defensive Line
Dan Mullen - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Charlie Strong – Defensive Coordinator, Associate Head

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:24pm]


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