UCF Hires Callahan as Defensive Backs Coach

GO KNIGHTS Kirk Callahan graduated from UCF in 2008.
Kirk Callahan graduated from UCF in 2008.

Feb. 3, 2012

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Former UCF DB Kirk Callahan was hired as the Knights' defensive backs coach, head coach George O'Leary announced Friday. Callahan appeared in eight games for UCF from 2005-06, and most recently was a defensive graduate assistant at Florida in 2011.

While with the Gators last season, Callahan helped guide a defense to a No. 7 national ranking in passing defense, as well as a No. 8 mark in total defense. Florida closed out the year with a 24-17 victory over Ohio State in the Gator Bowl.

Prior to his time in Gainesville, Callahan was on the UCF staff as a student assistant in 2007. He also was a graduate assistant at North Carolina in 2008 and 2009, which was Allen Mogridge's first year with the Tar Heels. Mogridge is now in his first season with the Knights as their tight ends and special teams coach.

A native of Seffner, Fla., Callahan graduated from Armwood High School where he played for his father, Sean, and lettered all four seasons. Callahan received Tampa Tribune All-Hillsborough County First Team honors as a senior in 2002. He also was a Florida Sports Writers Association Class 4A All-State Honorable Mention pick. That year, he collected six interceptions and returned four for touchdowns, tying Deion Sanders' state record.

Callahan is a 2008 graduate of UCF, earning his bachelor's degree in physical education.

O'Leary also announced that defensive assistant coach Tyson Summers will take over as linebackers coach. Summers was hired by the Knights in January after spending five seasons at UAB where he worked with the linebackers from 2007-10 and then as the safeties coach and special teams coordinator in 2011.