Jim McElwain continues to build his first Florida Gators coaching staff with meticulous thought and planning. Gator Country has confirmed a report earlier in the week from John Middlekauff — a former NFL scout who now hosts a radio show on 95.7 the game in the Bay Area — that Tim Skipper will be named the next running backs coach at Florida.
Skipper will be entering his 15th year coaching at the collegiate level where he made a name for himself coaching first round NFL Draft pick Ryan Matthews at Fresno State.
While Skipper will coach the running backs at Florida, he has seen action on both sides of the ball, getting his coaching start at Western New Mexico as a defensive backs coach in 2001. Skipper was promoted to defensive coordinator the following season before moving to Sacramento State — with the same job trajectory from secondary to defensive coordinator. He then moved to Fresno State as a running backs coach in 2006, where he stayed for three seasons. From 2009-2011 he coached linebackers for the Bulldogs and was the interim defensive coordinator for the final three games of the 2011 season.
Jim McElwain hired him as a linebackers coach at Colorado State, where Skipper spent the past two seasons.
So far, McElwain has hired four coaches with Doug Nussmeier running the offense, Geoff Collins running the defense and Randy Shannon to coach the linebackers. The news that Skipper will be the next running backs coach also means that Florida’s longest tenured coach — Brian White — will not return to the team. White was hired by Urban Meyer to coach tight ends but stayed on through the Muschamp era as a running backs coach.