Jan. 11, 2008
Orlando, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - UCF head coach George O'Leary elevated Dave Huxtable to the defensive coordinator position on his football coaching staff on Friday. Huxtable had served his first four seasons with the Knights as the team's linebackers and special teams coach.
"I am excited about the opportunity to coordinate the defense here at UCF," Huxtable said. "I am looking forward to the challenge and working with the defensive players that we have returning as well as the new recruits we will bring in."
Huxtable returns to a defensive coordinator role that he has held in the past during his collegiate coaching career, including a two-year stint from 1996-97 while O'Leary was the head coach at Georgia Tech. He also was the defensive coordinator at North Carolina from 2002-03.
"Dave has been a coordinator at this level before and the transition into this role will be an easy one," O'Leary said. "He already has a good rapport with the defensive players we have returning and that will be important going into next season."
Huxtable inherits a defense that finished third in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision with 24 interceptions and has nine starters returning for the 2008 season.
Huxtable replaces former UCF defensive coordinator John Skladany, who left the program to pursue other coaching opportunities. O'Leary will have one remaining spot to fill on his coaching staff following Skladany's departure.