100 wishes for Gator football: Day #96

Monday marks 96 days until the Florida Gators kickoff and we continue with our good wishes for Jim McElwain’s first go as the Florida head coach. Today our wish comes in the form of his coaching staff. We wish and expect some stability at the wide receiver coaching position. Something we haven’t seen in the last seven years at Florida.

Granted this is more of a “beyond this season” wish, but having a good year and making a good impression in recruiting could go a long way in solidifying Kerry Dixon for a long tenure at Florida. That would be such a blessing given the past seven years.

Florida may have set a record for Division I programs having seven coaches at the receiver position in seven consecutive years. We go back to Billy Gonzales last season at Florida in 2009, then on to Zach Azzanni as the last receiver coach with Urban Meyer. Aubrey Hill was Will Muschamp’s hire and made it until July of his second season before he moved on, Bush Hamdan moved up from a graduate assistant spot and coached the receivers in 2012. Then came Joker Phillips who coaches the receivers in 2013 and then let go in June of 2014 due to NCAA violations. Chris Leak was the receiver coach in 2014 and did an admirable job, but had never really coached the position before. Now comes lucky number seven.

Kerry Dixon came from Florida International as the running back coach there. He was the running back coach at Florida Atlantic for the two years before that. After coaching in the Texas high school ranks, he has spent the last eight years coaching different aspects of offense in college.

He is known as a good recruiter and has been recruiting various areas of Southeast Florida for years. So fr it is apparent his players like playing for him, and the recruiting acumen never hurts. A good year here in 2015 and things could get rosy. Florida needs it and so does Jim McElwain. The thought of having some stability at the position is something we haven’t been able to conjur in quite a while.

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