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Teryl Austin is Gators' new defensive coordinator



TAUSTINFlorida has officially announced the hiring of Arizona Cardinals DB coach Teryl Austin as its new defensive coordinator.

He replaces George Edwards, who joined the staff in January from the Miami Dolphins, then resigned less than a month later to become defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills.

UF coach Urban Meyer is well-known for hiring coaches with whom he's had a previous relationship, and while Meyer and Austin haven't worked together, he has coached with UF offensive coordinator Steve Addazio at Syracuse and with QB coach Scot Loeffler at Michigan.

“I am pleased to have Teryl join our staff,” Meyer said. “Coach Addazio did a great job coordinating our efforts with Chuck Heater and Dan McCarney to hire Teryl. It was important that we had some familiarity with Teryl as both Coach Addazio and Coach Loeffler had worked with him before. He also comes highly recommended from my close friend Bill Davis, the defensive coordinator of the Cardinals. It was also important that we hire a coach who is a great teacher, a great mentor and has the ability to be a great recruiter. Coach Austin has all of those qualities and beyond that is a good family man.”

Austin has 19 years of coaching experience, including 12 at the collegiate level and the past seven with the Cardinals (2007-09) and Seattle Seahawks (2003-06). Austin helped lead both Seattle and Arizona into the Super Bowl as NFC Champions.

“I’m excited to join the Gator coaching staff,” Austin said. “I’ve watched from afar what this program is about – winning championships with dynamic players and doing things the right way. Now, I’m honored to be a part of the program and a part of The Gator Nation. I look forward to getting to work with an outstanding group of players and a great coaching staff.”

Austin was a three-year starter and four-year letterman at Pittsburgh (1984-87), participating in the 1984 Fiesta and the 1987 Bluebonnet Bowls.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:40pm]


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