Quinn Named as Defensive Coordinator

The Gators will be waiting at least one week to get each coordinator on campus. After announcing Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis to the same position at Florida, Will Muschamp announced Monday afternoon that Seattle Seahawks defensive line coach Dan Quinn will take over as the Florida defensive coordinator and defensive line coach.

"The Seattle organization has been great in coordinating the hiring of Dan to our staff and we wish them the best of luck in the playoffs." Quinn will remain with the Seahawks through their time in the playoffs.

This is Quinn's second season with the Seahawks, as first-year head coach Pete Carroll decided to keep him on staff. He has spent the past seven seasons as an NFL defensive line coach.

Before coming to Seattle, Quinn spent 2007-2008 as the defensive line coach for the New York Jets. He spent 2005-2006 as the defensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins, which is where the connection to Muschamp comes from. Muschamp was the defensive coordinator for the Dolphins during the 2005 season.

"Dan and I worked on the Miami Dolphins' staff together and he is one of the best I've been around in terms of teaching fundamentals," Muschamp said. "He understands how defenses will need to be multiple and how to put players in a position to be successful.

Quinn spent five years at Hofstra University. The first four were as the defensive line coach, and he was promoted to defensive coordinator for the final year, 2000. His coaching career started at William and Mary in 1994 before moving to Virginia Military Institute in 1995.

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