The UCF coaching staff is led by veteran George O’Leary. He has a veteran staff that will have their squad ready for this final game of the 2014 regular season. Let’s learn more about them.
Head Coach George O’Leary – O’Leary is in his 11th year as the head coach at UCF. He has had a lot of success, guiding them to the Fiesta Bowl last year. Before he took over at UCF, he was an assistant coach and defensive coordinator for one year with the Minnesota Vikings (also spent time on the San Diego Chargers staff before that). Before he was in the NFL, he was on the Georgia Tech staff from 1994 to 2001.
Defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Tyson Summers – Summers is in this 3rd year with UCF. His unit last year posted 108 tackles as a group, getting pressure and make splash plays (held Baylor in check in the Fiesta Bowl). Before he brought his 4-3 defense to the Knights, we worked on the UAB staff, moving up the ranks fast. He is a young coach with a lot of experience and will have a well coached unit that will bring multiple looks in this game.
Offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Charlie Taaffe – Taaffe is in his 6th year at UCF. His spread offense has developed over time, using a quick throwing game and a strong run game to find balance. Before he joined the staff, he was the head coach from 2007 to 2008 for the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Before that, he spent a year at Pittsburgh and prior to that he was the offensive coordinator at Maryland from 2001 to 2005.