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December 16, 2004

Meyer adds final assistant

John "Doc" Holliday will fill the final assistant coaching position on the University of Florida football staff, head coach Urban Meyer announced Thursday.

Holliday has been the Associate Head Coach and wide receivers coach at North Carolina State for the last five years after a 21-year career as an assistant at West Virginia.

"We feel good about the addition of Coach Holliday to our staff," said Meyer. "He brings a wealth of experience and a tremendous knowledge of the game."

"I'm excited about the opportunity to work with Coach Meyer and the staff at the University of Florida," said Holliday. "I'm thrilled to have the chance to be a part of the Gator program and I'm looking forward to coming to Gainesville."

Holliday served as an assistant coach for some of the most prolific offensive teams in N.C. State history. The 2003 team set school records in almost every statistical category: pass attempts (496), pass completions (357), passing yards (4,580), passing yards per game (352.3), passing TDs (35) and pass completion percentage (.720). The 2003 team also topped school marks with 37.6 points per game, 453.2 total offense yards per game, 311 first downs and 6.6 yards per play.

The Wolfpack offense set various school marks in each of his first three seasons. Most notably, the 2001 Wolfpack offense set school records for completion percentage (.644) and fewest turnovers (13). The 2002 squad finished first in school history in total yards (5,485), passing yards (3,468), points scored (460), and first downs (281). The 2002 N.C. State offense led the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring (32.9 ppg).

Holliday coached three of the top-eight receivers in N.C. State history: Koren Robinson, Bryan Peterson and Jerricho Cotchery.

Holliday's 21 years at West Virginia included an appearance in the 1989 National Championship Fiesta Bowl. He coached three of the top six receivers in Big East history and also coached the top three career and single-season reception leaders in WVU history and eight of the top 10 players in both categories.

Holliday is a 1979 graduate of West Virginia, where he was a three-year letterwinner on the football team. After earning his bachelor's degree in physical education, he later earned a master's degree in safety management from WVU in 1981.

John "Doc" Holliday Bio

Coaching Experience:
2000-04: N.C. State (Associate Head Coach/Wide Receivers)
1995-99: West Virginia (Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers)
1993-95: West Virginia (Wide Receivers)
1990-92: West Virginia (Inside Linebackers)
1983-89: West Virginia (Wide Receivers)
1981-82: West Virginia (Part-time assistant)
1979-80: West Virginia (Graduate Assistant)

Coaching Accomplishments

- 26 years of collegiate coaching experience with 16 bowl appearances, including one national championship game
- The 2003 N.C. State team set school records in almost every statistical category: pass attempts (496), pass completions (357), passing yards (4,580), passing yards per game (352.3), passing TDs (35) and pass completion percentage (.720)
- The 2003 N.C. State team also topped school marks with 37.6 points per game, 453.2 total offense yards per game, 311 first downs and 6.6 yards per play
- The 2002 squad finished first in school history in total yards (5,485), passing yards (3,468), most points scored (460) and most first downs (281).
- The 2002 N.C. State offense led the ACC in scoring (32.9 ppg)
- The 2001 Wolfpack offense set school records for completion percentage (.644) and fewest turnovers (13)
- Coached three of the top-eight receivers in N.C. State history (Koren Robinson, Bryan Peterson and Jerricho Cotchery)
- Coached three of the top six receivers in Big East history at West Virginia
- Directed the Big East's leading receiver in 1996, 1997 and 1998
- The Mountaineers played for one national championships (1989)
- Coached the top three career and single-season reception leaders in WVU history and eight of the top 10 players in both categories

Playing Career:

Three-year letterwinner at linebacker at West Virginia.

NFL PLAYERS (Round drafted)

WR Koren Robinson (1st) - N.C. State '00 - Seattle Seahawks
LB Shawn Foreman (5th) - West Virginia '98 - Buffalo Bills
WR Jay Kearney (6th) - West Virginia '93 - Green Bay Packers
LB Steve Grant (10th) - West Virginia '91 - Indianapolis Colts
WR Reggie Rembert (2nd) - West Virginia '89 - Cincinnati Bengals
WR James Jett (FA) - West Virginia '92 - Oakland Raiders
OL Rashan Vanter Pool (4th) - West Virginia '90 - Indianapolis Colts
WR Willie Drewery (11th) - West Virginia '83 - Houston Oilers

Personal Information

Hometown: Hurricane, W.Va.
Birthdate: April 21, 1957
Education: Earned a B.S. in physical education from West Virginia in 1979; Earned a master's in safety management from WVU in 1981.
Family: Married to the former Diana Phillips of Morgantown, W.Va.; Has a daughter, Meghan (17) and three sons, Cade (16), Chase (15) and Cody (13).

Bowl Experience

1981: Peach
1982: Gator
1983: Hall of Fame
1984: Bluebonnet
1987: Sun
1989: Fiesta
1989: Gator
1994: Sugar
1995 Carquest
1997: Gator
1997: Carquest
1998: Insight.com
2000: Micronpc.com
2001: Tangerine
2003: Gator
2003: Tangerine


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