Key to Success



Feb. 13, 2014

Twitter Logo Facebook Logo UCF Athletics Social Media Directory

By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - Already busy in his 10th season on the UCF coaching staff in 2014, Brent Key has been named assistant head coach of offense, George O'Leary announced Thursday.

"I'm happy to name Brent Key as the assistant head coach of offense," O'Leary said. "Charlie Taaffe remains the offensive coordinator, but this does give Brent more responsibilities in the offense. I'm promoting him because of what I've seen him accomplish here at UCF."

Key will continue to serve as the offensive line coach as well as the Knights' recruiting coordinator.

"I am very thankful for Coach O'Leary for all of the opportunities he has given me. I love calling this area my home, and I am extremely proud of what we have built at UCF," Key said. "We are already deep in preparation for 2014, and we are anxious to continue to grow the program even further for our students, alumni and fans."

Key's offensive lines have paved the way for the Black and Gold to post some of its most successful seasons in program history. UCF has recorded three 10-win campaigns in the past four years, highlighted by a 12-1 season in 2013 which culminated in the American Athletic Conference title and a victory in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

The UCF offense averaged 35.4 points in 2012 and 34.6 points in 2013, with the line protecting Blake Bortles who would be named an All-Conference USA quarterback as a sophomore and then The American's Offensive Player of the Year as a junior. Both 2012 and 2013 seasons also witnessed three linemen receive all-conference awards each year.

Since Key's arrival to UCF in 2005, the Knights have made six bowl appearances, earned a BCS bowl berth and won three conference championships.

Key is a two-time nominee for the Broyles Award, which is handed out to the top assistant coach in college football.

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Key joined UCF as a graduate assistant before taking over the tight ends. He was first put in charge of the offensive line in 2009, while he started his coaching career as a graduate assistant with Georgia Tech from 2001-02 and spent one season with Western Carolina in 2004. On the field, Key played for Coach O'Leary at Georgia Tech from 1997-00.

2014 Football Season Tickets: The March to Victory starts with UCF fans. Renew or order season tickets, starting at $99, today online or call 407-UCF-1000. And to learn about the Croke Park Classic against Penn State Aug. 30 in Dublin, Ireland, check out



Fox 35 Reliable One