The College of Central Florida (UCF) confirmed Monday the hiring of previous Auburn soccer coach Gus Malzahn as the Orlando-based mostly school’s following head soccer coach.
“I’m thrilled to be the head coach at UCF, and I’m definitely looking ahead to getting part of Knight Country,” said Malzahn in a launch.
Malzahn was let go from Auburn in 2020 following 8 years leading the application. All through his time at the helm, the Tigers amassed a 68-35 report, went to eight bowl online games, and won the 2013 SEC Championship.
“When I started out the lookup process, it turned incredibly obvious extremely speedily that, primarily based on the conversations I had with the gamers very last 7 days and what they instructed me were being on the lookout for, Gus Malzahn was the man for the position,” claimed UCF Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir in a statement.
Malzahn’s most embellished period at Auburn came in 2013 and saw the Tigers make their way to the BCS National Championship video game, in which they lost to the Florida Condition Seminoles for a final record 0f 12-2. The Tigers had long gone winless in meeting engage in the year ahead of. Malzahn acquired pretty much each important coaching award for primary the exceptional turnaround.
The University of Central Florida, most typically referred to by its initials UCF, competes in the FBS subdivision of school football, but outside the house the electrical power five conferences. The Knights play in the American Athletic Conference alongside groups like the Houston Cougars, SMU Mustangs and Tulane Inexperienced Wave.
UCF received national prominence in the 2017-2018 season when, below then-mentor Scott Frost, the team went undefeated.
The Knights ended up not picked as one of the 4 groups in the College or university Football Playoff that time and have been later on picked for the 2018 Peach Bowl.
They defeated Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers by a score of 34-27 in the Peach Bowl and later on declared them selves nationwide champions, a transfer that was noticed by quite a few as a protest of the compact measurement of the subject in the official playoff.
Frost still left after the undefeated period to just take the head career at the University of Nebraska. He was adopted by Scott Heupel, who acquired a 28-8 file for the duration of his three seasons in Orlando. Heupel remaining UCF in January to choose the head coaching work with the College of Tennessee.
As observed very first by Alabama Media Group’s Greg Stephenson, Malzahn will be the only head mentor from a college in the Power 5 conferences to be available an FBS occupation following currently being fired in 2020. People in the exact same circumstance as Malazahn, this sort of as Will Muschamp or Jeremy Pruitt, are now assistants at other faculties or do not now have a coaching work.
“It’s enjoyable to be head of a software wherever the upcoming is very vivid. I will be hitting the ground operating in conditions of acquiring to know our workforce and everyone else related with UCF. Our target is to be completely ready to earn championships,” Malzahn concluded.