Golesh joins staff on offense
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.