Golesh joins staff on of­fense

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fan­tas­tic track record as an elite re­cruiter. You look at what he has been able to do on the of­fen­sive side of the ball, de­vel­op­ing the tight ends and the num­bers they’ve put up, and so we’re ex­cited about all the things he brings to what we do of­fen­sively and schemat­i­cally.”

Golesh ar­rives af­ter spend­ing the past four sea­sons as the Cy­clones’ tight ends coach and re­cruit­ing co­or­di­na­tor. He’ll take over coach­ing the tight ends at UCF, re­plac­ing Jon Cooper, who left to join the staff at Arkansas.

Golesh worked for Cy­clones coach Matt Camp­bell at Iowa State and Toledo. Un­der his guid­ance, Iowa State put signed four of the best re­cruit­ing classes in school his­tory.

Tucker has been a part of He­u­pel’s staff dur­ing the past two sea­sons, help­ing pro­duce one of the top rush­ing of­fenses in the coun­try. The Knights were ranked No. 8 in the na­tion in 2018 and No. 19 in 2019 af­ter av­er­ag­ing 223 yards per game.

He­u­pel also pro­moted Joey Hal­zle, who goes from be­ing the pro­gram’s of­fen­sive qual­ity con­trol as­sis­tant to tak­ing over as quar­ter­back coach.

“I’ve ei­ther coached Joey or coached with him 10 of the last 12 years,” He­u­pel said. “He has a great un­der­stand­ing of what it means to play the quar­ter­back po­si­tion. He’s a fan­tas­tic teacher and un­der­stands the prepa­ra­tion you have to put in. He knows what it feels like to be in­side the pocket when you play the po­si­tion, and that will be crit­i­cally valu­able for him in­side our meet­ing room in deal­ing with Dil­lon Gabriel and Dar­riel Mack.”

This is the first time that He­u­pel has had to deal with staff turnover since tak­ing over the pro­gram in 2018.


UCF run­ning backs coach An­thony Tucker, right, hud­dles with play­ers be­fore a prac­tice. Tucker was pro­moted to co-of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

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