Phillips resigns, Leak to coach receivers

Florida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips resigned on Wednesday, citing personal reasons in a release sent out by the university. Former Florida quarterback Chris Leak will take over the wide receiver coaching responsibilities.

Joker Phillips joined the Florida coaching staff in December of 2012. His time in Gainesville lasted for one season. Phillips joined the Florida staff after spending three years (2010-12) as the head coach at Kentucky.

"I'm thankful for the opportunity that the University of Florida and Will Muschamp provided to me and my family, but at this time I have decided to step down from my position on the UF coaching staff for personal reasons," Phillips said in a release.

Florida coach Will Muschamp added, "I appreciate Joker's contributions to our program and wish him and his wife, Leslie, nothing but the best in the future."

As Phillips departs, Chris Leak will assume the wide receiver coaching responsibilities immediately. The former Florida quarterback won a national championship in 2006 and ended his time in Gainesville as the school's all-time leading passer (11,213 yards, 895 completions and 1,458 attempts).

Leak joined the football staff in May of 2013, serving as a graduate assistant last year.

"Chris is a bright young coach," Muschamp said. "He is one of the all-time Gator greats and being at Florida is very important to him. He has been working with Coach Roper and our offensive staff and is very familiar with our players and new system."

It's a similar situation to 2012 season. Aubrey Hill resigned from his position as receivers coach just before the start of fall camp, and graduate assistant Bush Hamdan took over the coaching responsibilities at the position.

It's now a big chance for Leak.

"I appreciate the opportunity that Coach Muschamp has given me and my family," Leak said. "It's an honor to be coaching at my alma mater where I have so many fond memories both on and off the field. We have a tremendous coaching staff, a great group of players and a support system in place and I'm excited to be a part of it."

Fightin Gators Top Stories