Steve Addazio: Florida Gator Fans—Meet The Interim Head Coach

James Walker@BRJamesWalkerAnalyst IIDecember 29, 2009

Coach Urban Meyer will coach the Florida Gators for the Sugar Bowl, and once the recruiting season is finalized, he will take an indefinite leave of absence to address health issues.

In the meantime, offensive coordinator Steve Addazio will become the Interim Head Coach.

Steve Addazio became the offensive coordinator for the 2009 season when Dan Mullen accepted the head coaching position for Mississippi State University. 

Addazio joined the team in 2005 as a tight end's coach.  In 2006, he was given the added responsibility of coaching the offensive line and tackles, and in 2007, he focused strictly on coaching the offensive line.

In 2008, Addazio was promoted to Assistant Head Coach and continued to coach the offensive line.

Previous to the University of Florida, Coach Addazio coached at Indiana University, Notre Dame, Syracuse, and Western Connecticut State.

He was also the Head Coach at Cheshire High School in Connecticut.

Coach Addazio was born in Farmington, Connecticut, and graduated from Central Connecticut State University.  He earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Physical Education in 1981 and 1985, respectively.

He is married to his wife Kathy and has three children: Nicole, Jessica, and Louie.

Addazio was also a four-year starter at Central Connecticut State from 1978-81. 

Coach Addazio has the daunting task of leading the Florida Gators during Coach Meyer's leave of absence.  Lacking collegiate head coaching experience, he does have the respect and admiration of the current players and coaches of the Florida Gators.

What the future holds for the Gators is unclear.  Until Coach Meyer returns or officially resigns, Coach Addazio will be the leader that the team and Gator Nation looks to.

During the 2009 season, the Gator Nation witnessed a drop-off in offensive production, and many pointed at Addazio as one of the reasons.

Was it coaching, play calling, or lack of playmakers at the wide receiver position?

In my humble opinion, the transition of Mullen's departure and Addazio's promotion coupled with the departures of Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy and incoming true freshman Andre Debose that led to the drop in offensive production.

This may become a moot discussion if Coach Meyer returns to the sidelines in time for the 2010 season.  One thing is for certain; if Urban Meyer decides to walk away, it is unlikely that Coach Addazio will be given the reigns to the football program.

Regardless, Addazio will run the store while Meyer takes a vacation.  Let's just hope the cash drawer doesn't come up too short.