Former Syracuse coach reportedly lands assistant coaching role on Dan Mullen's Florida staff
For several weeks this offseason, there was speculation that Dan Mullen was going to add former Texas, Louisville and South Florida head coach Charlie Strong to the Gator coaching staff for the 2020 college football season.
That didn’t happen, as Strong ended up taking an analyst position on Nick Saban’s Alabama coaching staff but that hasn’t stopped Mullen from searching for a veteran coaching presence to add in Gainesville this offseason.
Mullen has apparently found his man as former Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni is expected to join the Florida coaching staff according to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports. Pasqualoni will not be a full-time, on-the-field assistant for Florida, he will serve as “special assistant” to Mullen according to Thamel.
Pasqualoni has 17 years of experience as a head coach, leading Syracuse from 1991 until 2004 and Connecticut from 2011 until 2013. During his time at Syracuse, Pasqualoni’s teams had a record of 107-59-1 and he led the Orangemen to three 10-win seasons including two trips to the Fiesta Bowl and a trip to the Orange Bowl during his run with the program.
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In addition to his time coaching in college, Pasqualoni has several years of experience coaching in the NFL.
Interestingly enough, Mullen began his coaching career working as an entry-level assistant for Pasqualoni at Syracuse.