Sat. Jan 28th, 2023

UAB has employed former Tremendous Bowl-winning quarterback Trent Dilfer as its subsequent coach, the college introduced on Wednesday. Dilfer, who performed 14 years within the NFL for 5 completely different franchises from 1994 to 2007 and received a Tremendous Bowl as quarterback of the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, most lately accomplished his fourth season as head coach of Lipscomb Academy, a personal highschool in Nashville, Tennessee, that has amassed a 38-8 file below his management.

Dilfer will coach in Lipscomb’s state championship sport on Thursday, Dec. 2 earlier than starting his UAB teaching duties the next day. 

“Having the chance to guide such a high quality program like UAB is one which I’m past enthusiastic about,” Dilfer mentioned in an announcement. “The investments the college has made for UAB Soccer aligns with my imaginative and prescient of taking this program to new heights as we be part of the American Athletic Convention and compete yearly for the best prize of taking part in within the Faculty Soccer Playoff. I wish to thank President Ray Watts, Director of Athletics Mark Ingram and the whole search committee for his or her dedication to excellence and for trusting in me as we enterprise into this new period of UAB Soccer collectively.”

Along with his Tremendous Bowl ring, Dilfer earned a Professional Bowl nod whereas main the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1997. Previous to the NFL, Dilfer received the Sammy Baugh Trophy as the most effective passer in America after throwing for 3,799 yards, 30 touchdowns and 5 interceptions as a sign caller at Fresno State. 

After his NFL retirement, Dilfer moved into the media as an analyst for ESPN and Fox. He’s additionally deeply concerned within the annual Elite 11 quarterback competitors, which which brings collectively the most effective highschool quarterback recruits within the nation every year. 

Whereas Lipscomb Academy is a extremely aggressive crew that’s growing quite a few FCS prospects, Dilfer doesn’t have any expertise teaching on the collegiate degree. The truth is, his four-year stretch at Lipscomb is his solely expertise teaching organized crew soccer at any degree.

Dilfer has labored carefully with gamers as a quarterback coach however solely as a person coach. If Dilfer does get the UAB job, convincing two-year starter Dylan Hopkins and Baylor switch Jacob Zeno to stay out of the switch portal would give him a gifted group of sign callers with whom he might work in 12 months 1.

Dilfer acquired criticism in 2021 after a video of him shoving a participant went viral. He later apologized for the incident.

“Trent is a confirmed winner on and off the sector in any respect ranges and shall be an amazing chief for our program,” athletic director Mark Ingram mentioned. “He’s a Tremendous Bowl-winning quarterback who performed the sport at its highest degree for a few years, and he has coached a few of the prime quarterbacks who’re at present NFL franchise gamers. Trent’s targets and imaginative and prescient for our program is to guide UAB to the Faculty Soccer Playoff and we’ve little question that he’s the proper coach to guide our transition within the American Athletic Convention. Most significantly, Trent is an excellent man, husband and father with large character who suits our division’s core values of successful championships, graduating with honors and making a distinction in our group.”

Dilfer stands in stark contract to UAB’s final full-time coach, Invoice Clark. Previous to becoming a member of South Alabama as a defensive coordinator in 2008, Clark had 18 years of highschool soccer teaching expertise throughout Alabama and Georgia. 

Clark went 11-4 in a single season at Jacksonville State in 2013 earlier than being employed at UAB, the place he led the Blazers to a 6-6 file earlier than this system shut down. Clark then led an effort to resurrect UAB soccer, which succeeded with this system being reinstated in 2017. Regardless of needing to nearly fully rebuild this system, Clark led the Blazers to 5 straight successful seasons and two Convention USA championships (2018, 2020). He was additionally twice named the CBS Sports activities Coach of the Yr and the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Yr in 2018.

Clark, 54, resigned earlier than the 2022 season attributable to again issues. His offensive coordinator, Bryan Vincent, took over as interim coach and led UAB to a 6-6 file.

After the season, Blazers gamers wrote a letter to UAB president Ray Watts in an effort to have him retain Vincent because the everlasting coach. Watts declined to fulfill with gamers for his or her enter in the course of the teaching search. 

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