Joker Phillips pumped to start at Florida
Posted by: Chris Vannini on December 3, 2012
On Sunday, CoachingSearch.com told you that it was very possible Joker Phillips would be named Florida's wide receivers coach.
On Monday, the school announced the hiring, with Phillips also having duties as the recruiting coordinator.
"I'm thrilled to become part of the Gator family," Phillips said in a release. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to compete and win at the highest level. I believe in Coach Muschamp's philosophy and what he has done in his short time here at Florida is phenomenal.
"I'm looking forward to contributing to the long-term vision that he has for this program. In addition, it will be very rewarding to be involved in the hands-on development of the players I will coach."
Phillips was at Kentucky from 2003-2012, so he certainly has plenty of experience in the SEC. He was a receivers coach from 2003-09 before becoming the head coach in 2010.
He has also spent time as a receivers coach at Cincinnati, Minnesota, Notre Dame and South Carolina.
"His background as a head coach and the number of years he has coached wide receivers will be a tremendous asset to our coaching staff and players," Will Muschamp said in a release. "Joker is obviously very familiar with the Southeastern Conference and has always done a great job in recruiting.
"Obviously, I had a number of experiences with Joker both on and off the field, as our paths have crossed often, but I've been really impressed with Joker Phillips as a man during this hiring process."
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