Two days after he was named UCF's new head football coach, Scott Frost is making changes to his staff.
Colorado receivers/recruiting coach Troy Walters and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College head coach Ryan Held were named assistant coaches Friday.
“My goal in hiring a staff is hiring people with great character,” Frost said in a release. “Both these guys have unbelievable character. They’re both very intelligent people. I’ve known both these guys for a long time. They’re smart, they’re football guys, they care about the student-athletes and they’re leaders. I believe both of them can be special additions to this program.”
Walters shared his excitement over Twitter. "Excited and honored to be joining @coach_frost and the @UCF_Football family to bring back championship level football to Orlando.#ChargeOn," he tweeted.
Before Colorado, Walters served as receivers coach at NC State in 2012 and Texas A&M in 2010-11, as well as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks/receivers coach at Indiana State in 2009. He's coached in the 2011 Cotton Bowl, 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl and 2012 Music City Bowl.
Players such as Nelson Spruce, who ranked 12th in the nation for receptions per game, and Paul Richardson, a 2013 All-Pac-12 First Team honoree who set a then-school record for catches, were led by Walter's coaching efforts. Other standout receivers, including Tobais Palmer, Quintin Payton, Bryan Underwood, Ryan Swope and Jeff Fuller, played under the Indiana native.
The 38-year-old spent his college days playing as a wide receiver for Stanford University and later went on to be drafted in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He would later play for teams such as the Indianapolis Colts, the Arizona Cardinals and the Detroit Lions in his eight-year career.
His father, Trent Taylor, coached the Minnesota Vikings, the Cincinnati Bengals, Indiana Louisville, Washington and Notre Dame.
Held, who played alongside Frost at Nebraska, began his coaching career in 1997 as an undergraduate assistant coach at Nebraska, after which he moved on to Tennessee as a defensive graduate assistant. He's served as head coach for Peru State College, Oklahoma Panhandle State, Southwestern Oklahoma State and Highland Community College. At Highland, he led the team to its first playoff in the modern era.
"It's official. I'm part of the UCF family. Need to find these ballers to join the KnightTrain," he tweeted Friday.
The Kansas City native brought Peru State to the Wheat Bowl, where he defeated Baker University. In the years he worked with the Bulldogs and the Aggies, his teams were named most improved.
With the Cornhuskers, he played as a receiver and quarterback, leading the team to two national titles and three conference championships.
Frost was formally introduced as the Knights new head coach Wednesday, alongside Director of Athletics Danny White and university President John C. Hitt.
“We’re going to get this thing turned around. I don’t know if it’s going to take one year or two or four, but I know there’s talent here,” Frost said. “If was a fast kid in the state of Florida, and I knew we were going to play this type of offense here, this place would look really good to me.”
The Knights went 0-12 this season and lost their head coach of 12-years, George O'Leary, after a 59-10 loss to Houston on Homecoming night.
Caroline Glenn is the Content Manager for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter @bycarolineglenn or email her at email@example.com. Evan Abramson contributed to this report.