Josh Heupel is the 11th head coach in the history of UCF Football. UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Daniel J. White announced the hire on Dec. 5, 2017.
UCF Head Coach Josh Heupel: "I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to represent UCF. What makes this opportunity so unique is the vision of the leadership from President John Hitt, Provost Dale Whitaker and Director of Athletics Danny White. Their vision for this becoming one of the premier programs in the country makes this an exciting opportunity. That vision, the amazing campus, along with the recruiting base not only allows you to have immediate success but sustained success. I'm very excited to get a staff together and get to work with our wonderful student-athletes."
UCF VP/AD Danny White: "I'm thrilled to welcome Josh and his family to UCF. I believe we've identified one of the brightest offensive minds in college football. His offensive system is very similar to what we've been running. I know he's going to utilize all the great talent on our roster and continue to add to it. He's no stranger to success, winning a national championship as a quarterback and leading a number of extremely high-powered offensive teams. Coach Heupel is in coaching for the right reasons. He cares about his student-athletes and that's one of the most important attributes I look for in a coach."
President John C. Hitt: "Josh believes in recruiting and developing well-rounded student-athletes. That's a perfect fit with UCF, the No. 1 public university in the nation for student-athlete academic success. Josh is an outstanding leader, competitor and winner. Looking at what his Missouri offense did this season, I can't wait to see the scoreboard light up at Spectrum Stadium."
Heupel comes to UCF after serving as OC/QB coach at Missouri the past 2 years. In replacing Scott Frost as UCF Coach his Knights have continued the nation’s leading winning streak while climbing to #9 in the national rankings under Heupels command. He was an outstanding QB leading Oklahoma to the National Championship with a victory over Florida State in 2011 Orange Bowl while finishing runner up for the Heisman Trophy. He started his coaching career as a Sooner coach in 2003 following a brief stint in the NFL. He coached the QB’s for 4 seasons before becoming the OC at Oklahoma in 2011. He also served 1 year terms at both Arizona and Utah State. His high-powered offense at Missouri last year ranked in the nations top 10 in both offense and scoring. He will speak in Orlando on UCF’s “Hurry Up Spread Option Offense”.