Florida assistant Phillips resigns; Leak steps in

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 11, 2014 at 4:46 pm •  Published: June 11, 2014
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida receivers coach Joker Phillips has resigned, prompting coach Will Muschamp to turn the job over to former Gators standout quarterback Chris Leak.

Leak will coach receivers for the 2014 season.

Phillips said in a statement Wednesday that he stepped down for "personal reasons."

"I'm thankful for the opportunity that the University of Florida and Will Muschamp provided to me and my family, but at this time I have decided to step down from my position on the UF coaching staff for personal reasons," Phillips said.

Phillips joined the Florida staff in December 2012 and spent one year coaching Florida's receivers. Prior to that, he was Kentucky's head coach for three seasons (2010-12).

"I appreciate Joker's contributions to our program and wish him and his wife, Leslie, nothing but the best in the future," Muschamp said.

Leak, who captained Florida's national championship team in 2006, ended his career as the school's all-time leader in passing yards (11,213), completions (895) and attempts (1,458). He joined Muschamp's staff last May and served as a graduate assistant last season.

"I appreciate the opportunity that coach Muschamp has given me and my family," Leak said. "It's an honor to be coaching at my alma mater, where I have so many fond memories both on and off the field. We have a tremendous coaching staff, a great group of players and a support system in place, and I'm excited to be a part of it."