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Meet Ron Zook

By Times staff report
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 9, 2002

BORN: Born April 28, 1954, in Loudonville, Ohio.

FAMILY: Wife Denise, two daughters, Jacquelyn and Casey.

COLLEGE: B.S. (comprehensive science) from Miami (Ohio), 1976.

AS A PLAYER: Played defensive back for Miami (Ohio) from 1972-75; three-year letterman; team captain in 1975; team went 34-1-1 from 1973-75 and won the Mid-American Conference all three seasons.

PRO COACHING EXPERIENCE: Saints' defensive coordinator (2000-01); Chiefs defensive backs coach (1999); Steelers special-teams coach (1996-98).

PRO HIGHLIGHTS: 2000 Saints set a club record and led the league with 66 sacks and ranked in the top 10 in 10 categories, including eighth in total defense; 1999 Chiefs defensive backs scored six touchdowns and the defense had 25 interceptions.

COLLEGE COACHING EXPERIENCE: Florida associate head coach and special-teams coordinator (1995); Florida special-teams coordinator (1994); Florida defensive coordinator (1991-93); Ohio State defensive backs coach (1988-90); Virginia Tech defensive coordinator/assistant coach (1987); Tennessee defensive backs coach (1984-86); Kansas defensive coordinator (1983); Cincinnati defensive coordinator (1981-82); Murray State defensive backs coach (1978-80).

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 1994 Gators blocked five punts and returned two for touchdowns; Gators' rushing defense ranked in the top 10 in 1991 (fifth), '93 (ninth) and '94 (fifth).

HIGH SCHOOL COACHING EXPERIENCE: Orrville (Ohio) High (1976-77).

PROMINENT GATORS COACHED: Defensive back Ben Hanks (1992-94); defensive back Lawrence Hatch (1991-92); defensive back Larry Kennedy (1991-94); defensive back Del Speer (1991-92); defensive back Will White (1991-92).

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