According to a report by, the UCF football team will add familar face to UCF head football coach Scott Frost, Erik Chinander as the Knight’s new defensive coordinator. UCF football has yet to give any official report. The Iowa native played college football at the University of Iowa where he was an offensive lineman. Chinander has been coaching football since he graduated from Iowa in 2003.

Frost served as a defensive assistant coach with Chinander at the University of Northern Iowa in 2007 where the two were roommates. Chinander later joined the Ducks as an intern in 2010 where he spent three seasons as an intern and graduate assistant. The 35-year-old left Oregon in 2013 to serve as Chip Kelly’s assistant defensive line coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. That season the Eagles were the tenth in the league in rush defense.

Chinander spend the last two seasons coaching Oregon’s outside linebackers. During his time at Oregon, the Ducks reached three BCS bowls including the 2011 BCS National Championship game. As the Knights defensive coordinator, we could see Chinander try to install a 3-4 defense. While coaching at Oregon, Chinander and the Ducks ran a 3-4 scheme with success.


Matthew Saunders is a digital producer for the Central Florida Future.