Head coach Billy Napier has retained Vernell Brown as part of his staff. He has been promoted to senior director of player development and alumni relations.
Brown previously was the director of student-athlete development under Dan Mullen.
In his new position, he will serve as a lead for personal development, mental health and collegiate affairs for current athletes.
Brown, a Gainesville native and former Gators cornerback from 2001-05, will also serve as a liaison between current and former players. He will also assist in creating connections between university and University Athletic Association personnel and current players to create a network of support.
He appeared in 45 games as a player at UF and was named a captain as a senior. Coach Urban Meyer called him “The Face of Florida Football” due to his work ethic and leadership.