John Skladany: UCF Brings Houston's Defensive Coordinator Back in the Fold

Ryan BassContributor IJanuary 14, 2010

The UCF football team reached into its past Thursday afternoon, signing John Skladany to serve as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. Skladany replaces Geoff Collins, who left for FIU last week.

Skladany, who spent the last two years serving as the defensive coordinator at C-USA rival Houston, was UCF’s defensive coordinator during the 2007 Conference USA Championship season. That year, the Knights were third in the nation in interceptions and placed third in the conference in sacks.

“I was here in 2007 and I have to say that I am so thrilled to be back,” Skladany said in a press release. “I get a chance to work for Coach (George) O’Leary and a great group of players. I couldn’t be more excited about it.”

TSR first reported that Skladany was on campus this afternoon through its Twitter account.

Skladany’s defense struggled in 2009, when he was with the Cougars, giving up over 451 yards per game and ranking No. 111 in the nation in total defense.