St. Petersburg Times
Online: Tech Times
Print storySubscribe to the Times

College football

High school coach fills Zook's staff

Published February 19, 2004

GAINESVILLE - Longtime Jacksonville high school coach Dan Disch was hired Wednesday to run Florida's secondary, filling the final open position on Ron Zook's staff.

"We've got a guy I'm very happy with," Zook said, adding that he has wanted to hire Disch since he became coach. "He coaches hard, he's demanding and one of the most important things he does is he makes guys better."

Disch, 45, replaces Mike Woodford, fired at the end of last season. Disch will coach the defensive backs, while the entire staff will be involved with special teams in the spring. Zook "will be very much involved" in that area and will decide whether to name a special teams coach at the end of spring.

Zook and Disch have known each other since 1988 when Zook was an assistant at Ohio State. This is the first collegiate position for Disch.

For the past 16 years, he has been at Ed White High, where he is the all-time winningest coach at 122-55. He has worked in the Jacksonville area for 22 years.

"I'm just excited that he called me and gave me the opportunity because it is an amazing opportunity," Disch said. "It's a tough place. The light shines pretty bright over there. I always was working hard and doing what I did and let him know that if the opportunity ever arose that I'd be ready to go.

"It's the best situation in the country, bar none."

Getting Disch on board now is important because Florida lost its entire starting secondary and spring practice begins March 16.

Disch is the former coach of current Florida defensive backs Dee Webb and Dawayne Grace.

[Last modified February 19, 2004, 02:00:25]


  • Torre just rolls with it
  • Maddux is back where he started

  • Black History Month
  • Derrick Brooks

  • Bowling
  • Weber cruises past Voss in Hall of Fame battle

  • College basketball
  • Bulls battle in 84-72 loss to Charlotte
  • Drejer leaves Florida
  • No. 3 Duke drops second in a row
  • It's a tale of two halves for Eckerd
  • Rebels' road woes continue vs. Vols
  • Women: Taurasi up for Naismith

  • College football
  • High school coach fills Zook's staff
  • Penn State adds Hall as assistant
  • Two coaches elect to leave Leavitt's staff

  • Golf
  • Foreigners put some swing into Champions Tour
  • Furyk pulls out with a hurt wrist
  • Quigley just won't stop swinging

  • In brief
  • Cayman Went runs season's best time

  • MLS
  • As hype builds, Adu reaches Tampa

  • Motorsports
  • Cup stars invaders in Busch

  • NBA
  • Magic turns up defense
  • Nets give coach a record start

  • News update
  • Local sportscaster Chris Thomas dead at 55

  • NFL
  • Wuerffel officially calls it quits in NFL

  • NHL
  • Capitals' purge claims Bondra
  • Hull ties Andreychuk as power-play king

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report

  • Preps
  • Blake and Armwood easily advance to final
  • Brandon opponents are in double trouble
  • Durant is in familiar territory
  • Emotions vary for Gators after loss
  • Gators' defense falls into hole
  • Gladiators, Devils to play another day
  • Hurricanes defense stalls at the end
  • Land O'Lakes falls apart on defense vs. tough Raiders
  • Mustangs top Knights for first playoff berth
  • One half can't sustain 'Canes
  • PHU girls ousted in a state semifinal
  • Plant's 3s turn away Hillsborough's rally
  • Semifinal showcases PHU goalie's ability
  • Wildcats and Rams advance to the final
  • Rays
  • Teammates get behind Josh
  • Bucs
  • Bucs get relief with salary cap
  • Lightning
  • Stillman passes initiation

    Back to Top

    © 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
    490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111