Charlie Strong Speaker Profile
Charlie Strong Biography
Charlie Strong was born August 2, 1960 in Batesville, Arkansas and is the head football coach for the University of Texas.
After lettering for four years (198083) at the University of Central Arkansas, Strong joined the Gator coaching staff as a graduate assistant in 1983. He later served as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M in 1985. His first full-time coaching job was at Southern Illinois in 1986, where he coached wide receivers. He later assumed defensive coaching duties at Florida and Notre Dame. He also received a Masters and Education Specialist Degree from the University of Florida.
In 1999, Strong joined the South Carolina Gamecocks as defensive coordinator, becoming the first African-American coordinator in Southeastern Conference history. His stifling defenses and well-mannered personality created buzz that he would be possibly the first black head coach in the SEC, but job offers were slim. Sylvester Croom eventually broke the color barrier in the SEC coaching ranks.
Strong was hired as defensive coordinator for the Gators before the 2003 season. Florida head coach Ron Zook was fired midway through the Gators' 2004 season, but continued to coach until the bowl game; Strong served as interim coach of the Gators for one game, the December 2004 Peach Bowl. Florida lost the game, 2710, to the Miami Hurricanes. Florida credits the regular season to Zook and the Peach Bowl to Strong. When Urban Meyer was hired as Florida's head coach, Strong was the only assistant coach retained from Zook's staff.
In a January 2009 interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Strong expressed his belief that race played a large part in the reason that he has never been offered a head coaching position. Strong, whose wife is white, especially cited prospective employers' discomfort with his interracial relationship.
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