Report: Callahan to join UF staff

The final pieces of Jim McElwain’s coaching staff are coming together.

UCF defensive backs coach Kirk Callahan will join Jim McElwain’s staff in the same position, according to ESPN. An announcement from Florida is expected to come on Monday.

His résumé isn’t long, but it is impressive.

After playing in eight games for UCF from 2003-06, Callahan split four years as a graduate assistant at North Carolina and Florida. He served as a graduate assistant in Urban Meyer’s final year at Florida and stayed on staff when Will Muschamp took over in 2011.

Callahan left Gainesville to accept a job as defensive backs coach at UCF prior to the 2012 season. This season, Callahan coached UCF’s first defensive Associated Press All-American at the FBS level when cornerback Jacoby Glenn received the honor in 2014. Glenn recorded seven interceptions and had 11 breakups this year and was also voted the American Athletic Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

FootballScoop named Callahan a finalist for its Defensive Backs Coach of the Year Award.

In 2013, UCF ended its season with a win over Baylor in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The Knights held 10 of their 13 opponents under their scoring averages during the season.

In Callahan’s first year as the defensive backs coach in 2012, safety Kemal Ishmael was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and cornerback A.J. Bouye was named second team All-C-USA. Bouye and Ishmael each had three interceptions on the year. Bouye was the third player in UCF history to have a fumble and interception return for a touchdown in the same year. His 111 interception return yards ranked fifth in single-season history.

Bouye went undrafted by plays for the Houston Texas, and Ishmael, a seventh-round pick, is currently with the Atlanta Falcons.

Callahan also has ties to important areas the Gators recruit. He is tied into the Orlando area by coaching at UCF and his father, Sean Callahan, is the head coach for instate power Armwood High School.

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