Dillman Named Strength Coach

Florida head coach Will Muschamp filled his first vacancy on the staff Tuesday afternoon when he officially named Jeff Dillman strength and conditioning coordinator. Dillman comes to Gainesville after working as the head of physical conditioning at IMG Performance Institute. He worked as strength coach at Appalachian State and on staff at LSU for its SEC and BCS championships in 2003.

"I'm excited to have Jeff join our staff. He is a perfect fit for what we were looking for," Will Muschamp said in a statement. "He has trained athletes at the highest caliber on every level - from high school, to college to the NFL. Jeff knows what physical and mental tools are needed to be successful and has a developmental plan to make every player better.

"He has a championship pedigree and his results speak for themselves. He will be the catalyst for kick-starting our off-season program with the number one goal of making our football program a tougher program. We will be a blue-collar program built with toughness and Jeff is the man to lead that charge."

Dillman was a football letterman at Elon College before he transferred to Appalachian State. He went to graduate school at UL-Munroe and worked as an assistant strength coach there. WHile Dillman was working towards his master degree in secondary education, he took a strength assistant position at LSU. Dillman later earned a full-time assistant director position and was on staff at LSU for SEC and BCS championships in football, FInal Four appearances for men's and women's basketball, and a College World Series appearance for baseball.

Dillman left LSU to go to his alma mater and take the position as head strength and conditioning coach. He was on staff for two straight Division 1-AA national championships and Appalachian State's upset at No. 5 Michigan in 2007.

He then went to IMG Academics, where he oversaw the strength and conditioning programs for all youth, adult, collegiate and professional athletes that trained there.

"I'm honored to be joining the prestigious University of Florida Athletic Department and look forward to working in concert with the strength and conditioning staff and the student athletes for all 21 sports, " said Dillman. "I'm excited to reunite with Coach Muschamp as he continues to build a championship program in Gainesville. We share many basic philosophies - starting with mental and physical toughness.

"I'm a big believer in doing the little things right. Every day we will calculate the right attitude for training. Nothing gets in the way of our goal to be the best that we can be. We will always fight and finish strong - on the field, in the weight room, in the classroom and in life. Hard work beats talent when talent's not working."

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