ORLANDO, Fla. (KAIT) - We’ll have a scarlet and black reunion in Orlando.
Multiple national outlets reported Sunday that UCF is set to hire Gus Malzahn as their new head football coach. The Knights made the move official, he was introduced in a Monday afternoon press conference.
So former Arkansas State athletic director Terry Mohajir’s first hire is a former Red Wolves head coach. Mohajir and Malzahn worked together in the 2012 season. Gus led A-State to 9 wins & a Sun Belt championship before departing for Auburn.
“When I started the search process, it became very evident very quickly that, based on the conversations I had with the players last week and what they told me were looking for, Gus Malzahn was the guy for the job,” Mohajir said in a statement. “He has won at every level, and he has coached a Heisman Trophy winner and NFL draft picks. There has never been a better time for Coach Malzahn to lead this program than right now.”
“I’m thrilled to be the head coach at UCF, and I’m truly looking forward to being part of Knight Nation,” said Malzahn. “It’s exciting to be head of a program where the future is extremely bright. I will be hitting the ground running in terms of getting to know our team and everyone else connected with UCF. Our goal is to be ready to win championships.”
Malzahn had a successful tenure on the Plains. He was 68-35 in 8 seasons with the Tigers, 39-27 in Southeastern Conference play. Auburn won the 2013 SEC Championship and reached the BCS National Championship Game. The Tigers won the SEC West in 2017 but that season ended with losses in the SEC title game and to UCF in the Peach Bowl.
Malzahn had a decorated career as an Arkansas HS coach before making the jump to the college ranks. He was enshrined into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2020.