A month after Kentucky fired him and replaced him with Mark Stoops, former head coach Joker Phillips (who has the most interesting name ever for a head coach) has found work again with a much better team, albeit in a far less significant role.
The Florida Gators have hired Joker to be their new wide receivers coach and to serve as a recruiting coordinator.
“We are excited to have Joker join our staff,” said Will Muschamp. “His background as a head coach and the number of years he has coached wide receivers will be a tremendous asset to our coaching staff and players. Joker is obviously very familiar with the Southeastern Conference and has always done a great job in recruiting.”
Joker didn’t have the best run as the head coach of the Wildcats, going just 13-24 in his three years as coach. He never led a team to a record of more than six total wins and he never managed more than two conference wins per season in that span.
However in moving to Florida, Joker is going back to the well so to speak, as he’s been a wide receivers coach with four different schools since taking his first official coaching job in 1991. Since taking the receivers coaching job at Kentucky that year, he spent time on the staffs at Cincinnati (1997), Minnesota (1999-2000), Notre Dame (2001), South Carolina (2002) and then again with Kentucky.
He’s very pleased to make Florida his fifth stop.
“I’m thrilled to become part of the Gator family,” said Joker. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to compete and win at the highest level. I believe in Coach Muschamp’s philosophy and what he has done in his short time here at Florida is phenomenal.
Former Gators receivers coach Aubrey Hill resigned before the season. Right now tight end Jordan Reed is the Gators leading receiver, so Joker’s help will much appreciated, and it could give him another shot at proving himself as a head coach one day soon.