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Ja’Juan Seider hired at Florida

The University of Florida made it official on Friday when they announced West Virginia assistant Ja’Juan Seider as a new assistant coach for the football program. Not a surprise to those that follow closely, Seider has been rumored for one of the coaching vacancies at Florida for the last few weeks.

Florida head coach Jim McElwain announced the hire via social media and is pumped to have the young and energetic, recruiting legend on board.

"We are excited to have Ja'Juan in the Gator family. A lot is talked about his ability to recruit, but he is more than that – he is a great coach as well,” McElwain said via an announcement. “Recruiting is about relationships and he does a great job of connecting and relating to players not only while is recruiting them, but while they play for him and well after their playing days are over."
Leaving as the Running Backs’ coach with the Mountaineers, Seider is known as an elite south Florida recruiter. He relates to the prospects and has a big time connection to the coaches at south Florida high schools.

The Gators just signed a recruiting class with 10 south Florida prospects and are making it a priority to mine the area in their endeavor to enrich the talent on the Gator roster.

Seider who played high school ball at Belle Glade Glades Central also coached high school ball in Palm Beach County from 2001-2008. He then was brought on at his college Alma Mater West Virginia as a graduate assistant from 2008-2010.

Former Gator assistant Doc Holliday at Marshall hired Seider as his Running Back coach and recruiting coordinator in 2010 through the 2012 season. He then moved back to West Virginia s the running backs coach and has been in that position since February of 2013.

Cleaving his Alma Mater, Seider is coming back closer to wear he grew up as a child. He is excited for the adventure.

"I've always had an affinity for this university and am honored to have the opportunity to join the Florida Gators family,” he said. “I look forward to working with Coach Mac and his staff. I can't wait to meet the players, spend time with them and help them achieve their goals."

McElwain’s staff is without an offensive line coach at this time with the departure of Mike Summers to Louisville in January and looks to filling that void in the near future. There is nothing concrete on any other possible staff changes at this time.

Stay tuned to Fightin’ Gators as we bring you more on the coaching situation at Florida.


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