Wednesday the Florida Gators released contract details for its 10 assistant coaches this year, including co-offensive coordinators Billy Gonzales and John Hevesy.
Both Gonzales and Hevesy were part of Urban Meyer’s offensive staff at Florida and both followed Dan Mullen to Mississippi State nine years ago. The duo were named co-offensive coordinators and have identical contracts at Florida this go around.
Both Gonzales and Hevesy are on two years deals that pay them $1,155,000. They will each make $565,000 in 2018 and $590,000 in 2019. Each contract began on November 28, 2017 and runs through January 31st, 2020. Each coordinator is entitled to a company car as well as a $10,000 stipend from Florida’s contract with Nike per year, which would push their total compensation package to $1,175,000 over the two-year deal.
The last time Gonzales was in Gainesville he had a baby daughter. Earlier this spring he spoke of the excitement he and his family had when Mullen asked them to join him on his inaugural staff.
“When we found out we were coming back, she came running down — she’s 12 right now — she came down the steps running down and said, ‘Dad, I’m going home, I’m going home!’ ” Gonzales shared while mimicking his daughter’s Gator Chomping reaction. “And I started laughing, I’m like, ‘You don’t even remember any of it.’ But we’re excited.”
Hevesy also spoke of the connection the three had. Mullen and Hevesy have been together since both were on Urban Meyer’s staff at Bowling Green and their families have all grown together in the almost two decades they’ve spent together.
“It’s a brotherly love. There’s times we’re going to fight like brothers. There’s times when we all agree. There’s times we can look at each other and I think you look at the offensive room right now, we start looking at each other like, ‘Yeah, we’re good to do this.’ And there’s two or three other guys in the room going, ‘What are they talking about? Because they didn’t say anything and they’re [going] let’s put this in, let’s do this, we did this back here’.” Hevesy said in the spring. “So for the three of us, it’s great because we know kind of what we’re thinking and what we’ve done over all the years. I was the only one married in 2001. Billy got married, Danny got married, so all our kids were all born together, so it’s three families that are, we’re like brothers.”