Florida reportedly parts ways with pair of defensive assistant coaches
Florida coach Billy Napier has parted ways with a pair of the Gators’ defensive coaches, according to a report.
Defensive line coach Sean Spencer and secondary coach Corey Raymond have departed the program, per The Orlando Sentinel’s Edgar Thompson.
Raymond was viewed as a high-profile hire by Napier back in 2021. However, Florida’s secondary never got going with Raymond calling the shots. In 2023, Florida’s defense ranked No. 13 in the SEC in pass defense efficiency rating. The Gators ranked 12th in that category in 2022.
Spencer also served as Florida’s co-defensive coordinator in Napier’s first 2 seasons at the helm. Florida’s defensive front struggled to make a tangible impact under Spencer’s leadership. The Gators ranked 13th in the SEC in tackles for loss in 2023.
Florida’s lack of results on defense was a big reason why the Gators missed out on a bowl in 2023. Florida finished the campaign with a 5-7 record after losing to Florida State at home in its regular season finale.
It’s unclear how much of an impact these coaching changes will have on Florida’s 2024 recruiting class. The Gators currently have 19 commits and the No. 5 class in the country for the 2024 cycle, per 247Sports Composite rankings.