Charlie Strong usf head football coach

Over 600 people filled a standing room only ballroom for Coach Strong's introduction.

Introductory Press Conference

"This is an unbelievable opportunity taking over a program that has won 10 games. I told them earlier, ‘We’re getting ready to go get number 11.’ Coach Taggart built an unbelievable program, a program that has a solid foundation. Now it’s up to me to continue to build on this foundation and continue to keep this program in the spotlight."
"There’s no reason why we don’t go out and compete for championships year-in and year-out. It’s a special place that is totally committed to winning on the field, as well as off the field." - Charlie Strong

Biographical Background

Born: Aug. 2, 1960 - Batesville, AR.

College: University of Central Arkansas ('82, Education). Three-year letterman in football; three-time all-conference safety, two-time all-conference performer in track and field. Strong was inducted into the Central Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.


Wife: Vicki

Kids: Tory, Hailee, and Hope

"[This is] a program that it’s only going to get better, and better, and better. I know we have some unbelievable young men within the program. I always go back to what Mark talked about, the 86 percent graduation rate. I always say this – show me a good football team and I’ll show you great academics. We have a good football team here with great academics. There’s young men that want to do something with their lives." - Charlie Strong

Coaching History

Charlie Strong brings 34 years of coaching experience to USF.

  • 2016-Pres. - Head Coach - USF
  • 2014-16 - Head Coach - Texas
  • 2010-13 - Head Coach - Louisville
  • 2008-09 - Assoc. Head Coach/Def. Coord./LBs - Florida
  • 2005-07 - Asst. Head Coach/Co-Def. Coord./LBs - Florida
  • 2004 - Interim Head Coach/Def. Coord./Def. Ends - Florida
  • 2003 - Def. Coordinator/Def. Ends - Florida
  • 1999-2002 - Defensive Coordinator - South Carolina
  • 1995-98 - Defensive Line - Notre Dame
  • 1994 - Assoc. Head Coach/Def. Tackles - Florida
  • 1991-93 - Defensive Ends - Florida
  • 1990 - Wide Receivers - Mississippi
  • 1988-89 - Outside Linebackers - Florida
  • 1986-87 - Wide Receivers - Southern Illinois
  • 1985 - Graduate Assistant - Texas A&M
  • 1984-85 - Graduate Assistant - Florida
Strong brought in back-to-back top 10 recruiting classes in the nation in 2015 and 2016 at the University of Texas.
Strong was twice named Big East Coach of the Year (2010, 2012) while at Louisville.
As a member of the staff at the University of Florida, Strong was a part of two national championship teams.

Welcome, Coach Strong!


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