UCF head football coach George O'Leary made a plethora of coaching changes this offseason.
On Friday, he met with local media to discuss the 2015 coaching staff.
After 42 years of coaching, offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe has retired. Replacing Taaffe will be former offensive line coach, Brent Key, who began his UCF coaching career with the Knights as a graduate assistant in the 2005 season. Key will also serve as the running back coach.
"I've moved him [Key] to running back [coach] so he can be involved in both sides of the run game and pass game," O'Leary said.
Key spoke about his enthusiasm moving up the coaching ladder.
"As a coach, you're always trying to move up," he said. "You don't want to stay status quo, and you want to move up the ladder. Coach O'Leary's given us the opportunity to do that over the last several years, and this is the next step in the coaching ladder."
In his third season on the Knights coaching staff, Allen Mogridge will take over as the offensive line coach.
After a two-year stint as the defensive coordinator for the USF Bulls, Chuck Bresnahan will replace Tyson Summers. Bresnahan is the third defensive coordinator for the Knights since December 2013. Bresnahan previously coached with then-defensive coordinator O'Leary at Georgia Tech from 1987 to 1991. He also has coached for the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals, competing in Super Bowl XXXVII with the Raiders in the 2002-03 season.
"Defensively, I was happy to bring in Chuck Bresnahan, who I've worked with before," O'Leary said. "He's a good football coach with a wealth of experience."
Bresnahan spoke about his past experiences and relationship with O'Leary.
"To me, it's a tremendous honor, and I have so much respect for Coach [O'Leary] that when he made the call, it was a no-brainer," Bresnahan said. "My wife and I talked, and she was like, 'You gotta go do this.' So, it's not just me, it's a family thing, and we feel very comfortable with it."
Danny Barrett will move from running backs coach to the quarterbacks coach. Barrett played quarterback in the Canadian Football League for 16 years, and has coached the position in the CFL and at the University of Buffalo.
Keegan Kennedy, who was an All-Academic Big 10 offensive lineman for the Northwestern Wildcats, has been promoted to coach the tight ends and H-backs and also serve as the recruiting coordinator.
About Kennedy, O'Leary said, "I always liked putting someone at offensive line at that position."
Travis Fisher, who played cornerback for UCF from 1999 to 2001, will be the cornerbacks coach. Fisher was a St. Louis Rams second-round pick in the NFL Draft, and he played nine seasons for the Rams, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks and the Baltimore Ravens.
Andrew Thacker, formerly a graduate assistant at UCF, will coach the safeties.
Sean Beckton will return as the wide receivers coach as he enters his 15th season with the Knights.
Lorenzo Costantini will continue to coach the defensive linemen.
Victor Ng is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.