Gators Coach Joker Phillips Resigns, Chris Leak Promoted
Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp announced today that receivers coach Joker Phillips has resigned and will be replaced by former Gator national-championship winning quarterback Chris Leak.
Phillips joined the Gators in December 2012 after spending the previous three seasons as head coach at Kentucky. Phillips had a 13-24 record at his alma mater and was replaced by Mark Stoops after a 2-10 record in 2012.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity that the University of Florida and Will Muschamp provided to me and my family, but at this time I have decided to step down from my position on the UF coaching staff for personal reasons,’’ Phillips said.
As for Leak, the 2007 National Championship Game MVP has now been tasked with taking over the Gators receiving corps. Leak became a member of the Florida coaching staff last May and served in the position of offensive graduate assistant after stints in the CFL and Arena Football League.
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“I appreciate the opportunity that Coach Muschamp has given me and my family,” said Leak. “It’s an honor to be coaching at my alma mater where I have so many fond memories both on and off the field. We have a tremendous coaching staff, a great group of players and a support system in place and I’m excited to be a part of it.”