With spring practice starting in less than a month, Jim McElwain is closely putting the finishing the touches on his staff. On Saturday, the Florida head coach announced the addition of two new coaches to his staff, Corey Bell and Brad Davis.
"We are excited to have Corey and Brad join our staff," said McElwain in a press release. "Corey has played in the SEC and has deep roots in the state of Florida. Brad also has strong relationship in our recruiting areas and has won championships as a player. Both are good teachers who will help our players be successful on the field and beyond their playing days."
Although the Gators have not specifically announced which positions both Davis and Bell will coach, it is expected that Davis will coach the offensive line, while the latter will coach defensive backs.
Florida has been looking for a new offensive line coach after Mike Summers left to join Bobby Petrino at Louisville. Davis is no stranger to Gainesville, coaching both North Texas (2016) and East Carolina 2015) - both teams playing the Gators in the last two seasons.
Prior to ECU, Davis was James Madison's co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach in 2014, helping the Dukes head to its first Football Championship Subdivision playoff appearance in three years. His offense at JMU was ranked tenth nationally in total offense, 17th in scoring and 21st in both rushing and passing. In addition, he spent five years at Portland state as the run-game coordinator and the line coach. His team ranked among the nation's leaders in fewest sacks allowed.
"I can't wait to get to Florida and get right to work," said Davis. "I can't wait to meet the players, spend time with them and help them achieve their goals. I'm also looking forward to bringing kids in who have values that fit the goals this championship-level program."
Like Davis, Bell has his own connection to the Gators. When Florida's defensive coordinator Randy Shannon was Miami's head coach, Bell was the Canes' director of football operations from 2007-2010. His connections to the UF program ran a bit deeper, however. The new Florida assistant was a starting corner at South Carolina playing alongside current UF defensive line coach, Chris Rumph.
Bell joins the staff after serving as USF's defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator less than a month ago. He is a Miami native and has coached both American Senior High School and Miami Edison Senior High School.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to join the Gator football family and being part of one of the most powerful brands in all of college athletics," said Bell. "I have a lot of respect for Coach Mac and I'm looking forward to working with a great group of players and staff."
Bell is expected to replace Torrian Gray, who is set to join the Washington Redskins.