Joker Phillips joins Florida Gators coaching staff

After being fired as the head football coach at the University of Kentucky this season, it didn’t take Joker Phillips long to land a new job.  On Monday Phillips was named Florida’s wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.

“We are excited to have Joker join our staff,” Gators coach Will Muschamp said in a statement released by the school. “His background as a head coach and the number of years he has coached wide receivers, will be a tremendous asset to our coaching staff and players. Joker is obviously very familiar with the Southeastern Conference and has always done a great job in recruiting. Obviously, I had a number of experiences with Joker both on and off the field, as our paths have crossed often, but I’ve been really impressed with Joker Phillips as a man during this hiring process.”

“I’m thrilled to become part of the Gator family,” said Phillips. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to compete and win at the highest level. I believe    in Coach Muschamp’s philosophy and what he has done in his short time here at Florida is phenomenal.”

Phillips went on to say, “I’m looking forward to contributing to the long-term vision that he has for this program. In addition, it will be very rewarding to be involved in the hands-on development of the players I will coach.”

Phillips is expected to arrive and start working on Friday.  The former head coach will be returning to Commonwealth next season to take on the Cats on September 28th.


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